CSIT 2

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Electronics Electrical Eng and Comp Sci

Abstract

From the outset, CSIT's vision has been to establish a Global Innovation Hub for Cyber Security in order to promote growth
in this strategically important sector of the UK economy. There have been major achievements in the past five years during
CSIT's Phase 1. The Centre has grown to over 80 people and is now one of the largest academic centres of its type
internationally, and is increasingly recognised as a leader in cyber security technology research. CSIT has created a
unique 'Open Innovation' model with Industry and Government that is successfully 'bridging the gap' to economic impact.
CSIT has numerous International partnerships and research links including several FP7 and Horizon 2020 collaborative
research projects. CSIT has spun-out 3 new ventures, supported numerous start-ups and SMEs scale and nucleated the
emergence of a new cyber security cluster in Belfast (Over 900 new jobs announced in the last 5 years).
CSIT has delivered against Phase 1 and commits to scale activity and impact, raising the bar on innovation and growth
across the UK. The vision and strategy for Phase 2 can be summarised by, 'continuing to establish a global innovation hub
for cyber security, raising the bar on growth'. At the heart of this strategy CSIT will not lose focus on the Phase 1 innovation
hub model (accelerating new value creation, new venture creation and building capacity), as this is the engine from which
increased and future translation is possible. CSIT's plan will increase inputs to this growth engine by feeding the innovation
hub with partner innovators as well as CSIT's own innovation. CSIT will also extend activities to further supply skills,
training and people to the UK cyber security industry. CSIT's plan will also increase outputs from the growth engine by
formalising a Cyber PreAccelerator Programme. CSIT will also increase scale-up support for identified high growth
companies and provide leadership for the cyber security cluster that emerged from, and has been nucleated by CSIT. In
CSIT Phase 2 Research will be developed under the theme "Securing our Digital Tomorrow" creating the new technologies
needed for the seamless integration of electronic security into future Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Research Excellence will continue to be a focus within CSIT. CSIT Innovation and IP will be developed through various
Innovation Programmes, some of which will be core funded and some of which will be competitively won externally with
collaborative partners. CSIT has world-leading research expertise in a wide range of security research areas. With this
expertise, and through longer-term speculative PhD research, CSIT will address the security requirements of future Smart
City systems. However, from previous experience, CSIT realises resources should not be spread too thinly on such a vast
range of research topics. Therefore, CSIT has chosen to select three research programmes, it believes to be the most
exciting and innovative, with the most potential for commercial exploitation. Dedicated teams of researchers, PhD students
and engineers will drive the development of these programmes which will be reviewed annually in conjunction with our
industry partners and senior academic board members. The selected Research and Innovation Programme Themes
identified at the outset are: Secure Ubiquitous Networking, Device Authentication and Security Analytics and Autonomous
Sensor Security.
Cyber security is still an emerging discipline but one that is growing rapidly. This is presenting exciting opportunities for
research, new business and economic impact. CSIT is in a strong position to make further and significant contributions in
all of these aspects and help position the UK in terms of international research reputation as well as scaling economic
growth.

Planned Impact

CSIT's unique capacity and capability in security intelligence for Smart Cities and IoT and strong collaborative partnerships
primarily through its open innovation model, ideally position CSIT to support UK economic growth in this sector. CSIT has
successfully demonstrated its awareness of key markets and players in the cyber security technology domain. Partnerships
established with CSIT Members, CSIT Associates, collaborative research partners (including FP7 and Horizon 2020) and
the emerging Belfast Cyber Cluster shows the relevance of CSIT's strategic engagements.
Over the next 5 years, CSIT will support significant progress towards increased market share and a new £1Bn industry in
the UK, by: -
Supporting innovators create new ventures Targeting scale-up support to help companies grow business. Supporting the
creation of new jobs in the sector.
With an overall vision of, establishing a global innovation hub for cyber security and raising the bar on growth, CSIT will not
lose focus on the innovation hub, as this is the engine from which increased and future translation is possible. The
innovation hub has 3 key priorities.
Accelerating new value creation. Key to this strategic objectives are, the Open Innovation Model of Industry Membership to
inform the development of novel cyber security technologies with significant market potential (CSIT has 9 full member
companies, 14 associate members with a pipeline of additional potential members) and CSIT's permanent engineers who
work alongside academic researchers assisting with knowledge transfer, articulating capability, producing rapid prototypes
(proof-of-concept demonstrators) and understanding the drivers of industry.
Creating New Ventures. CSIT will continue to support UKTI and Invest NI in attracting new businesses in the form of FDI.
CSIT will also continue to develop concept ventures, giving due consideration to potential for CSIT delivery of the
technology without needing to 'spin-out' (i.. licensed and supported directly via CSIT).
Building Capacity. CSIT will continue to spillover staff and students for the industry and also having a capacity of expertise
and skills within CSIT that can be accessed by partner companies to build new products and services and win new
business by accessing that resource within CSIT. Since 2009 15 PhDs engaged in CSIT research have graduated. Around
50% have taken up jobs in industry, the other 50% continuing to engage in research e.g. as PDRAs at CSIT or at
universities elsewhere. A further 41 students are now at various stages in their PhDs with a steady pipeline of 10+ PhDs
expected to graduate each year. As part of its commitment to CSIT Phase 2, Queen's has agreed to support a further 8
PhDs per annum. In addition, CSIT, in collaboration with colleagues at Queen's Institute for the Study of Conflict and Social
Justice, has recently been successful in obtaining £1.05M from the Leverhulme Trust to fund a Doctoral Training
programme entitled the 'Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society - LINCS'. This will fund an
additional 30 PhDs over the next 7 years. This is in addition to PhDs supported by organisations such as GCHQ (currently
3) and by industry.
CSIT's plan to raise the bar on translation over the next five years will scale CSIT's Innovation Hub model (Accelerating
Value Creation, New Venture Creation and Building Capacity) for the benefit of the whole of the UK. CSIT will increase
activity with partner innovators (from startups, SMEs, government agencies and academia). CSIT will also increase the
supply of skills, training and people to the UK cyber security industry (as mentioned above). CSIT will also deliver a Cyber
PreAccelerator Program, increase scale-up support for partners identified with high growth potential across the UK, and
provide leadership for the emerging Belfast Cyber Cluster nucleated by CSIT.
 
Description Major achievements include:
- novel algorithmic and architectural optimisations of fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) hardware designs (collaboration with Thales) which culminated in FHE encryption speed improvements of a factor of 130 over equivalent software designs. This research was selected as an IEEE Trans. on Computers 'Editor's pick of the year 2016';
- A very lightweight Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) design for FPGA devices that offers high uniqueness and reliability across different devices; The design was licensed for evaluation and included in a demonstration model by Thales to address electronic component counterfeiting in industry
- Novel optimized Gaussian sampler designs for lattice-based cryptography that are resistant to timing attacks
- A novel tool for the rapid prototyping of cryptographic block ciphers and stream ciphers
- A novel android malware detection system that uses a deep convolutional neural network (CNN). This work was selected as a GSMA Mobile World Scholar challenge finalist in 2019;
- TENNISON, a novel distributed software defined network (SDN) security framework that combines the efficiency of SDN control and monitoring with the resilience and scalability of a distributed system (collaboration with Univ of Lancaster)
- A novel Information flow control (IFC) scheme that combines access control encryption (ACE) and attribute-based systems (ABS), which is the first such scheme enforced using attributes
- Novel approaches to integrate low-level sensors of different types, in particular those for cyber-attack detection, into evidential networks, demonstrated in a real-world smart grid use-case that is representative of similar cyber-physical systems
- A novel classifier fusion approach based on a multi-level architecture that enables effective combination of ensemble learning algorithms for improved malware detection accuracy. The method is shown to outperform stacked generalization, a well- known classifier fusion method.
Exploitation Route Through our extensive links with industry and government organisations as documented on our web site www.csit.qub.ac.uk. Through the creation of a new business cluster in Northern Ireland that now comprises 60 companies with over 1600 new jobs in cybersecurity since created. Through the creation of spin-off companies and through support for InvestNI and UKTI in the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment. Through the normal mechanisms of publication in high quality research journals and conferences including citations since received.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/csit/
 
Description CSIT has a very successful model for research translation/economic impact. This overlays an academic research environment with an infrastructure more common in a high-technology company, but in a manner that does not compromise research quality or speculative "blue-skies" thinking. This involves the co-location of engineering staff, with strong industrial experience, alongside academic research teams. These engineers (of which there are 15) support industry engagement, create "proof-of-concept" prototypes, support SMEs and facilitate new spin-out companies. CSIT's Business Development Managers work closely with industry and provide researchers with strong market awareness. It also operates a US-style membership model where fee-paying companies (e.g., Allstate, BAE Systems, Infosys, Thales, Roke, Equiniti, Camlin) are members of its Industrial Advisory Board providing early sight of new technologies and the means to influence research road-maps. CSIT also operates an active associate membership model supporting the growth of SMEs. In the past six years CSIT's activities have led to the creation of over 1000 new cybersecurity jobs in N Ireland, creating a new business cluster with over 30 companies and generating over £50M p.a. in salaries alone for the UK economy. This is a mixture of UK Foreign Direct Investment, creation of start-up companies, including six CSIT start-ups, and growth in indigenous companies. CSIT's activities in this regard are acknowledged as a UK role model e.g. as highlighted in the the recent RCUK PaCCS policy report on "Innovation Challenges in Cyber security". It is also supporting such activities through its role in the UK Cyber Growth Partnership and is the only UK university represented on the boarrd.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics
Impact Types Economic

 
Description All Ireland Strengthening Cyber Security Group
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact 27 relevant policy makers, legal experts, academics, developers and others involved with cybersecurity in government institutions, the private sector, law enforcement and advocacy groups from Ireland and Northern Ireland have come together as a group, sponsored by the US State Department to examine U.S. and international initiatives to promote and protect information technology systems, interfaces, and assets within government, business, and the community.
URL https://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/gli/programs/cybersecurity.html
 
Description Belfast City Region Deal
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Belfast Region City Deal partners welcomed news of £350 million investment from Treasury announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Autumn Budget, 29 October 2018. As part of the deal, the NI Executive is expected to add at least a further £350 million and councils will contribute over £100 million. It is hoped the deal will create up to 20,000 new and better jobs alongside delivering a 10 year programme of inclusive economic growth - including an increase of £470m Gross Value Added (GVA). The Treasury announcement forms part of a £850 million co-investment package for the city region. It is also anticipated that direct investment from the private sector will take the overall package for inclusive growth to well over £1 billion. The six Belfast Region City Deal partner councils have committed £100 million investment, whilst Queen's University and Ulster University have committed £50 million.
URL http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/buildingcontrol-environment/regeneration/city-growth-deal.aspx
 
Description Co-chair Royal Society , Professor McCanny co-chair, Cyber Security Research Policy Committee 2013-2016, report published July 2016
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact This reoprt has been fed into the Government's Cyber Secuirty strategy and its follow up on the development of a new Cyber Security Research and Innovation strategy. This has yet to be published. Key recommendations form the report are summarised below. Summary of recommendations (a) Trust is essential for growing and maintaining participation in the digital society. Governments must commit to preserving the robustness of end-to-end encryption, and promoting its widespread use. (b) Modern digital systems face a wide range of risks and threats. Evidence-based guidance, including clear standards and sound practice, would help businesses and other organisations protect themselves in this risky environment. This guidance should be paired with a system of certification marks, to help consumers, investors and others understand and assess how secure they are and to inform their decisions. (c) Resilient organisations can better protect their customers, provide more useful products and services, and earn people's trust. This requires having access to high-quality, trustworthy advice and standards, as well as access to early information shared by others. This is a role that can be played by the new National Cybersecurity Centre. However, Government should commission an independent review of the UK's future cybersecurity needs, to identify the institutional structures needed in the longer term. Businesses and public sector organisations should regularly report against robust standards of cybersecurity practice, and should be encouraged to share information to help others. (d) Cybersecurity is a distinctively multidisciplinary, global, and cross-sectoral field. These characteristics make it important that UK research and practice draw on talented researchers from outside the UK, and across disciplines and sectors, including through peer review and collaboration. (e) Government should help innovative approaches get out of academia and to the market place through its procurement activities, and by supporting ideas with large potential spill over benefits that might not otherwise be funded. (f) University technology transfer offices should focus on the volume of commercialisation opportunities, aiming to make it easy and attractive for researchers to commercialise their ideas. This would deliver greater long-term benefits for society, rather than short term financial returns for universities. Numerous visits to CSIT by senior government officials have also taken place to find out more about the CSIT Innovation model which has directly influenced thinking at Cabinet Office level and in DCMS in terms of replicating similar actvities in other parts of the UK and in the creation of innovation centres in Chelteham and London. Following from this Professor McCanny was also an invited speaker at the workshop "Secure Digital Identities for the Digital Single Market" at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in Vilnius, October 25-26, 2016. This was organised by the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission. Its purpose was to create a new EU policy in this area following a request from the European Commission. This policy report is due to be published in the next few months. See https://ec.europa.eu/research/sam/pdf/presentations/vilnius_2016/vilnius2016_rolf-dieter_heuer.pdf and https://ec.europa.eu/research/sam/pdf/topics/cybersecurity_workshop_programme_102016.pdf
URL https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/cybersecurity-research/
 
Description Cyber Security Skills Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy sets out the government's understanding of the challenge that evolving cyber threats present to the demand for cyber security skills.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-skills-strategy
 
Description DCMS UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact The UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis provides an estimate of the size and scale of the UK cyber security industry. Findings include: - the number of UK cyber security companies - the cyber security sector's contribution to the UK economy (through revenue and GVA) - the number of personnel employed in the cyber security sector - the products and services offered by these firms. This report offers a baseline for the economic profile of the UK cyber security sector based on 2015/16 data, and creates an opportunity to track growth within the sector. This review also explores the investment and funding available to the cyber security sector. CSIT collaborated on this analysis with RSM PASEC Ltd
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-cyber-security-sectoral-analysis
 
Description Digital Catapult Northern Ireland
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Digital Catapult Centre Northern Ireland works closely with a network of organisations from all over the region, who share in the mission of supporting companies based in Northern Ireland to scale and grow. Digital Catapult Northern Ireland focuses on being at the forefront of innovation by building partnerships and bridging the gap between industry and academia. The centre is focused on helping large and small organisations work smarter and more efficiently by realising and adopting innovative digital technologies. CSIT's Dr Godfrey Gaston is a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee
URL https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/regional-engagement/northern-ireland/
 
Description ETSI Industry Specification Group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (ISG QSC)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The ETSI Quantum-Safe Cryptography (QSC) ISG aimed to assess and make recommendations for quantum-safe cryptographic primitives and protocols, taking into consideration both the current state of academic cryptology and quantum algorithm research, as well as industrial requirements for real-world deployment. ETSI QSC ISG seeked to standardize the relevant algorithms, primitives, and risk management practices as needed to seamlessly preserve our global information security infrastructure. This group considered the security properties of the proposed algorithms and protocols along with practical considerations, such as extensible security architectures and technology switching costs, which allow these recommendations to support a variety of industrial use cases. We aimed to make pragmatic comparisons and concrete characterisations and recommendations to assist the global technology community to select and deploy the best available quantum-safe alternatives.
URL https://www.etsi.org/technologies/quantum-safe-cryptography
 
Description ETSI Technical Committee for Cyber Security (TC CYBER)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact TC CYBER is recognized as a major trusted centre of expertise offering market-driven cyber security standardization solutions, advice and guidance to users, manufacturers, network, infrastructure and service operators and regulators. ETSI TC CYBER works closely with stakeholders to develop standards that increase privacy and security for organizations and citizens across Europe and worldwide. We provide standards that are applicable across different domains, for the security of infrastructures, devices, services, protocols, and to create security tools and techniques. Some of our latest standards have been in network security (implementing the NIS Directive TR 103 456, the Middlebox Security Protocol TS 103 523 series, a survey of network gateways TR 103 421), cryptography for access control and personally identifying information (Attribute-Based Encryption TS 103 458 and TS 103 532), Critical Security Controls (the TR 103 305 series), protecting PII in line with GDPR (TR 103 370), Quantum-Safe Key Exchanges (TR 103 570), and more.
URL https://www.etsi.org/technologies/cyber-security
 
Description ETSI Technical Committee for Lawful Interception (TC LI)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Bringing together the interests of governments and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) as well as mobile network operators and equipment vendors, our Lawful Interception committee (TC LI) develops standards supporting international requirements for LEAs, including the interception and retention of electronic communications data sent over public communication services. We cover the whole spectrum of interception aspects working closely with other ETSI committees and with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPPTM). At the core of a ALL IP current and future networks is the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) which provides an access independent platform for a variety of access technologies. IMS is being developed in 3GPPs Service and System Aspects Group, with the handover interface for lawful interception being developed in TC LI. TC LI activities include work on Retained Data (RD) and the committee published specifications on requirements and on the Retained Data Handover Interface. TC LI regularly updates its suite of standards by adding needed functionalities to the LI and RD specifications. In recent years work has been extended to ensure strong collaboration with our group working on Cybersecurity, and that the LI and RD functions are performed in the context of cloud services, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).
URL https://www.etsi.org/technologies/lawful-interception
 
Description Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Platform in Innovation and Cybersecurity (EPIC)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Global EPIC has been founded to enable the future securely through the development and sharing of new knowledge in the field of cyber security - leading to societal, economic and technological impact in a timely fashion. It will do this by building a global community of innovation ecosystems who will collaborate on projects and share expertise through an expanding network of diverse organisations. CSIT is a founding partner with David Crozier appointed President in 2018. Global EPIC has grown to 27 partners in 16 countries around the globe.
URL https://globalepic.org
 
Description Innovation Advisory Board for FP7 IPACSO project
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description IoT Security Foundation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact IoTSF mission is to help secure the Internet of Things, in order to aid its adoption and maximise its benefits. To do this we will promote knowledge and clear best practice in appropriate security to those who specify, make and use IoT products and systems. CSIT has been represented by Philip Mills at IoTSF activities
 
Description Membership of UK government delegation to ITU Study Group 17 (Security)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description NICyber (Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster promotes international business, innovation and collaboration opportunities. The cluster consists of companies developing world-leading cybersecurity technologies from Northern Ireland, across a diverse range of sectors including finance, banking, insurance, legal, telecoms, threat intelligence, defence, security and healthcare. Regular meetups provide opportunities for networking, and learning on industry challenges and new technologies.
URL https://www.nicyber.tech/
 
Description Northern Ireland Cyber Leadership Board
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Northern Ireland Cyber Leadership Board sets the agenda and strategic direction for cyber security activity in the region as the threats, skills and technologies evolve. It is critical that this Board commands the confidence of Ministers, the public and the wider business community as a Team which will build the right relationships and establish contacts nationally and internationally to help ensure Northern Ireland stays safe online.
URL https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/publications/cyber-security-strategic-framework-action
 
Description Northern Ireland Cyber Security Framework for Action
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Cyber crime is a significant threat to public services, businesses, individuals and society at large. Therefore Cyber Security is considered a priority area for government, working alongside business, academia and other key stakeholders to ensure NI is as best protected as possible. Each of us have responsibilities to protect our own personal data as the public sector must ensure public services maintain the trust of individuals and businesses effectively protect their customer data. Cyber Security: A Strategic Framework for Action, which closely aligns to the UK Cyber Security Strategy, sets out what top level areas need to be addressed through collaborative working across the public and private sectors to help ensure we capitalise on the economic opportunities this presents, but equally ensure we are as well protected as we can and when necessary have the right support infrastructures in place to respond effectively and efficiently to cyber attacks and crimes.
URL https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/publications/cyber-security-strategic-framework-action
 
Description Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force - Cyber Crime Group
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Cyber crime demonstrates how the internet is changing the face of crime across the globe with a substancial number of crimes now assessed to have a cyber or digital footprint. The criminal use of the Internet known as e-crime or cybercrime can be subdivided into two categories:- - cyber dependant crime - where a criminal act can only be committed through the use of computers or other ICT devices. e.g. the theft of data from an organisation's computers with the purpose of stealing sensitive data or the harvesting of online bank accounts. - cyber-enabled crimes - are traditional crimes such as fraud, theft, sexual or harrassment offences, the distribution of child pornography which can be increased in their scale or reach by the use of computers. Many offences span both categories and many offences span multiple crime types and both categories. The types of cyber enabled crimes reported to the PSNI include: - Fraud Offences - such as online auction sites and shops, fraud websites and advance fee fraud, - Extortion - the most commonly reported have been ransomware against businesses, and personal extortion against individuals who have visited sex rooms, - Harassment, intimation, threats and cyberstalking - these usually relate to domestic incidents and ongoing disputes, but have also included intimidation of witnesses and predatory cyberstalking, - incidents with a sexual element - including the grooming of young people and sharing of indecent images. It is also used to recruit and advertise victims of human trafficking for sexual purposes, - sourcing of illicit items online - including drugs being sourced from online suppliers overseas. Websites and social media sites are also used to advertise and sells counterfeit goods. Cyber dependant crimes are less frequently reported to law enforcement, however increased industry engagement through the OCTF has led to a rise in reports from local businesses.
URL https://www.octf.gov.uk/Publications/OCTF-Annual-Report-And-Threat-Assessment/Annual-Report-Threat-A...
 
Description Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Security Working group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a non-profit operator led consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models. CSIT's Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward was Vice-Chair Security Working Group from 2015-2017
URL https://www.opennetworking.org/
 
Description Report of the US National Academy of Sciences/Royal Society, Annual Sackler Scientific forum, Washington DC, December 2014, "Cybersecurity Dilemmas: Technology, Policy and Incentives". Professor McCanny was an organiser/committe meber for this.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The forum brought together approximately 60 participants (invite only) from academia, government, industry, philanthropy, and nongovernmental organizations. Participants included former senior government officials from the United States and the United Kingdom as well as individuals from both countries who have been critical of the policies of their respective governments. Industry representation included senior technologists from major US multinational ICT companies. The forum was held under Chatham House Rules The two-day meeting included presentations and discussions on such topics as cyberse¬curity and international relations, privacy, rational cybersecurity, and accelerating prog¬ress in cybersecurity. This summary of the forum pro¬vides an overview of key issues in cybersecurity from a group of people working at the forefront of the field. This includes (a) Cybersecurity involves a demanding a trade-off between functionality and se¬curity: users demand flexibility and complexity in the systems they use, but this demand significantly increases the difficulty of ensuring the security of the system. Although perfect cybersecurity is not possible, there are many opportunities to improve systems and better protect their users. (b) A major concern for individuals is how they can protect their privacy in a world where data about them are increasingly collected, stored, and used for a variety of pur¬poses. Different stakeholders have conflicting interests in the balance between privacy and data collection. Although some service providers are primarily interested in collecting as much data as possible, even if it is not immediately useful, individual customers value their privacy and autonomy. Customers' stored data may be anonymized, but such data can be stitched back together to create a detailed profile of an individual with relative ease. If data collection and storage are not carefully controlled, they can introduce new opportunities for criminals to gain access to them for malicious purposes. (c) In our interconnected world, cyberspace is a key topic that transcends borders and should influence (as well as be influenced by) international relations. As such, both national and international laws will need careful evaluation to help ensure the conviction of cybercriminals, support companies that work internationally, and protect national security. To meet the growing demand for protecting national security, international law and norms could be strengthened to reduce the risk of international cyberattacks. (d) In addition, there is a growing need for future leaders in both the private and public sectors understand and articulate the implications of cybersecurity risks for their own organizations and for the wider economic and social system. This report has fed into national cybersecurity strategy and policy reports in the United Stated and the UK.
URL https://royalsociety.org/~/media/policy/Publications/2015/sackler-forum-cybersecurity.pdf
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering,"Investing in Innovation Report" September 2015. Professor McCanny was a meber of the committe that produced this report.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact This report was commissioned by BIS to address the question of what role the public sector has in supporting innovation. This request cam shortly after the decision to create UKRI and the role of InnovateUK within this. The report has had important infuence over government not least the role of InnovateUK emaphsising that that Innovate needs to be mcuh more that the translation engine for UK R&D rather to promote innovation in its own right. The reports conclusions were as follows. (a) Innovation is a crucial contributor to growth and productivity. It also provides the means of developing new tools and approaches to tackle major societal challenges. (b) The public sector has a key role to play in enticing private sector investment and encouraging innovation in priority or high-potential areas, through direct investment, smarter procurement and creating an enabling environment. (c) This approach has been adopted by many, if not all, of our competitors. They will not stop innovating if we reduce our innovation investments. The UK has many innovation assets; the challenge for government is to ensure that there is an overarching vision and a coherent, stable and strategic policy framework that enables these to act effectively in concert over the long term.
URL http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/reports/investing-in-innovation
 
Description Secure Chorus
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Secure Chorus is a not-for-profit membership organisation serving as a platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation, for the development of forward-looking strategies, common technology standards and tangible capabilities in the field of information security. Central to the Secure Chorus philosophy is that to effectively address data security requirements in enterprise, information security solutions need to be secure, regulatory compliant and interoperable. Secure Chorus has brought together a community of inspiring organisations from across the globe, including governments, supranational organisations and private organisations, from large established global enterprises through to technology start-ups, academic institutions, regulators, trade associations and standards bodies.
URL https://www.securechorus.org/
 
Description The Royal Academy of Engineering Dowling Review of Business University relations, Professor McCanny a member of the review committee. This was orignally commisioned by BIS
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Professor McCanny was a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dowling Review of Businesses University relations in the UK, 2015, report published July 2015, This made numerous recommendations summarised below many of which have since had direct impact in terms of improved public services and improved university business relationships. (a) Public support for the innovation system is too complex. Business-university collaboration is an important component of the innovation ecosystem. Innovation is a complex, non-linear process, so the complexity of the UK's innovation ecosystem is not surprising and may be to a degree inevitable. However, the complexity of the policy support mechanisms for research and innovation poses a barrier to business engagement in collaborative activities, especially for small businesses. It also makes it difficult for government to take a systems view of its support mechanisms for research and innovation. The over-arching recommendation of this review is therefore that government should seek to reduce complexity wherever possible and, where simplification is not possible, every effort should be made to ensure that the interface to businesses and academics seeking support for collaborative R&D is as simple as possible, even if internally the system of schemesis complex: a process that has been referred to as 'hiding the wiring'. (b) People are central to successful collaborations. Strong, trusting relationships between people in business and academia form the foundation for successful collaboration. These relationships require mutual understanding and a common vision for the benefits that can be derived from the collaboration. Such relationships can be fostered by creating an incentive framework for universities and businesses which promotes the transfer of ideas and people between business and academia. This includes supporting students to develop business awareness at an early stage of their research careers, continuing to fund schemes which support mobility between academia and business and ensuring that researchers who are successful in collaborations are valued in terms of career progression and assessment of research output. (c) Effective brokerage is crucial, particularly for SMEs, and continued support is needed for activities that help seed collaborations. This brokerage requires digital tools to facilitate the identification of potential research partners, complemented by clear signposting and access to support from appropriately informed people - at present, no UK-wide service exists that adequately addresses this need. It is also essential that funding is available to kick-start collaborations. Innovate UK and the Research Councils currently provide a number of schemes to help with this. Schemes which tend to be considered particularly valuable in this respect are those which underpin smallscale projects, such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and CASE studentships, and those which can be deployed flexibly and rapidly in response to emerging opportunities, such as Higher Education Innovation Funding and Impact Acceleration Accounts. (d) Pump-prime funding would stimulate the development of high quality research collaborations with critical mass and sustainability. The UK has a vibrant research environment, with a range of collaborations taking place between universities and businesses across many disciplines, but there is more to be done to help existing efforts evolve from short-term, project-based collaborations to longer term partnerships focussed on use-inspired research. Providing such help will not only result in increased benefits for business, as academics are able to more confidently explore areas of business interest, but also offers the chance to drive new insights in areas of fundamental research. There is a gap in the market to encourage business-university research collaborations to grow. Funding is needed to enable the creation of a critical mass of useinspired research activity within universities, to help unlock the full strategic potential of collaborative relationships. Experience with existing schemes suggests that a very favourable return on the public investment could be achieved over the lifetime of such a scheme. (e) Technology transfer offices need to prioritise knowledge exchange over short-term income generation, and further work is required to improve approaches to contracts and IP agreements. Universities have rightly become more aware of the importance of intellectual property and have significantly professionalised their knowledge exchange activities. However, there is a tension between the desire to earn short-term income from their IP and the need to deliver wider public benefit, and potentially greater long-term return on investment from this IP. The emphasis needs to shift towards the latter, and this must be reflected in technology transfer office funding models and success metrics. Notwithstanding the substantial work already undertaken to improve approaches to establishing contracts and IP agreements, this area remains a major source of frustration for both academics and businesses. (f) Government strategy on innovation needs to be better coordinated and have greater visibility. Research and innovation have a central role to play in supporting industrial strategy and universities should be seen as key partners in its development and delivery. Government has an opportunity to use industrial sectors and key technologies as levers to encourage greater business investment in innovation and R&D and to involve companies of all sizes through the supply chain. It also needs to ensure that the tax system effectively encourages collaborative research. At a local level, government has given Local Enterprise Partnerships a remit to support innovation within their area but performance to date has been patchy and there is a need to set a clear national direction and provide stronger support to enable them to fulfil this role.This review has benefitted from the great enthusiasm of those in the business and academic communities with an interest in collaboration. There is evidently a huge amount of goodwill and drive to make collaborations happen. With appropriate, and in many cases catalytic, public support and an effective policy framework, this can be translated into substantial benefits for the UK through the development of innovative products and services and improved competitiveness and productivity.
URL http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/dowling-review
 
Description UK Cyber Growth Partnership
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Cyber Growth Partnership is composed of representatives from academia, Government and industry. The Partnership works on behalf of the wider industry to achieve three strategic objectives: 1) Increasing export market understanding and access 2) Develop the UK's offer and brand for overseas markets 3) Skills, Research & Innovation
URL https://www.techuk.org/cyber-growth-partnership
 
Description Accelerated Real-Time Information Extraction System (ARIES)
Amount £252,523 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J020540/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2013
 
Description Advanced Network Forensics to Secure SDN and NFV infrastructures
Amount £125,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2020
 
Description Allstate NI Ltd: Anomaly Detection System for Insurance Claim & Point of Sale Fraud Detection
Amount £677,096 (GBP)
Organisation Allstate 
Department Allstate Northern Ireland
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Android malware detection methods using cloud based dynamic analysis
Amount $370,000 (USD)
Organisation National Security Research Institute (South Korea) 
Sector Public
Country Korea, Republic of
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description Automated Detection of Android Malware
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 03/2014
 
Description CSIT Phase 2 - Engineering Team Funding
Amount £5,510,546 (GBP)
Funding ID RD1015344 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 01/2022
 
Description Citi (trade surveillance)
Amount £449,775 (GBP)
Organisation Queen Mary University of London 
Department Centre for Inflammation and Therapeutic Innovation
Sector Hospitals
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Commercialising quantum devices (AQuaSec)
Amount £5,800,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 104615 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description Contract Research for Titan IC Systems
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Titan IC Systems 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2012 
End 06/2013
 
Description DASA project - Video based semantic analysis of crowd behaviour
Amount £272,741 (GBP)
Funding ID ACC2001038 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 09/2019
 
Description DCMS Funding
Amount £35,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description DSTL (DASA) Crowd resilience phase 1
Amount £79,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description DSTL Security for the Internet of Things - Challenge 1 - Software PUFs as a Trust Anchor
Amount £49,767 (GBP)
Funding ID CDE41446 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description ECG-based Biometrics
Amount £62,070 (GBP)
Organisation B-Secur 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description EPSRC First Grant: Analysing and Detecting Advanced Multi-stage Attacks against ICS (ADAMA)
Amount £99,552 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N022866/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2018
 
Description EPSRC First Grant: Multi-activity 3D Pose Estimation on Real Environments
Amount £98,943 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N030540/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description EU Framework Programme 7 (PRECYSE)
Amount € 441,620 (EUR)
Funding ID FP7- SEC-2013- 1-20121119 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2017
 
Description EU Framework Programme 7 (SPARKS)
Amount € 3,429,551 (EUR)
Funding ID FP7-SEC-2012- 1-28518/1 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2014 
End 06/2017
 
Description GCHQ PhD Studentship (Application Layer DDoS Attack Mitigation)
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description GCHQ PhD Studentship (Lattice based Post-Quantum Cryptography)
Amount £109,539 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description GCHQ PhD Studentship (Side Channel Attacks using Machine Learning Techniques)
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description GCHQ Project: SDN Security Application
Amount £37,819 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description GCHQ Small Grants - 2016
Amount £34,900 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description HEFCE Strategic Development Fund (Catalyst Fund) project; SETsquared: Cognition Video iCURE
Amount £28,377 (GBP)
Funding ID 514603903 
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Horizon 2020 Cybersecurity, Trustworthy ICT (SAFEcrypto)
Amount € 1,036,405 (EUR)
Funding ID Grant agreement no: 644729 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2018
 
Description Horizon 2020 ICT-04-2015 Uniserver
Amount € 4,815,810 (EUR)
Funding ID 688540 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2016 
End 01/2019
 
Description Huawei Project: OpenFlow Multi-Table Analysis for SDN Security Solutions
Amount £126,378 (GBP)
Organisation Huawei Technologies 
Sector Private
Country China
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description ICURe: IoT security - central and distributed protection
Amount £35,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Intel University Programme for Curricula Design
Amount £16,667 (GBP)
Organisation Intel Corporation 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Invest NI Proof of Concept (Accelerated Video Forensics)
Amount £106,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PoC 458 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2014 
End 06/2016
 
Description Invest NI Proof of Concept (Columbus)
Amount £106,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PoC 457 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2014 
End 06/2016
 
Description Invest NI Proof of Concept (Crypto Agility)
Amount £109,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PoC 622 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Invest NI Proof of Concept (PUF-PKI: Authentication Platform for Machine-to-Machine Communications Systems)
Amount £106,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PoC 341 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Invest NI Proof of Concept (SDN Security)
Amount £105,000 (GBP)
Funding ID PoC 405 
Organisation Invest Northern Ireland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 02/2016
 
Description LEVERHULME DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS)
Amount £1,050,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2019
 
Description Making remote working secure, resilient and reliable (IMES)
Amount £144,190 (GBP)
Funding ID 44178-323139 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 01/2017
 
Description Network in Internet and Mobile Malicious Software (NIMBUS)
Amount £100,348 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K003445/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2012 
End 10/2015
 
Description PSNI (CyberWOLF)
Amount £22,000 (GBP)
Organisation Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2018
 
Description Providing Autonomous Capabilities for Evolving SCADA (PACES)
Amount £623,033 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J012149/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2015
 
Description Q-Radar Integration
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cyberlytic 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 04/2016
 
Description RITICS - COSMIC
Amount £249,379 (GBP)
Funding ID 4212631 I RFA 16023 
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems Phase 2 (CAPRICA)
Amount £394,306 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M002837/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description SDN Security Application (Stage 2)
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description SME Cyber Training Programme
Amount £21,000 (GBP)
Organisation Belfast City Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 10/2018
 
Description Secure key hiding technology for IoT Devices
Amount £1,600,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Republic of Korea) 
Sector Public
Country Korea, Republic of
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description UK Cyber Analysis
Amount £135,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description CSIT Industial Advisory Board 
Organisation McAfee
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Involvement in CSIT Industrial Advisory Board and membership scheme, providing market input into research problems and ensuring impact and commercialisation
Start Year 2010
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Allstate) 
Organisation Allstate
Department Allstate Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2014
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Camlin) 
Organisation Camlin Group Ltd
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2015
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (DLG) 
Organisation Direct Line Group plc
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2016
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Equniti) 
Organisation Equiniti Group plc
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2015
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Euronext) 
Organisation Euronext Amsterdam N.V.
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2015
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Infosys) 
Organisation Infosys Limited
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2013
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Roke) 
Organisation Roke Manor Research Ltd.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges etc.
Impact None
Start Year 2013
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board (Seagate) 
Organisation Seagate Technology (Ireland)
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Attendance and interaction through CSIT Advisory Board meetings. Presentation and discussion across multiple topics at 'deep dive' sessions in December 2018 to uncover multiple common interest areas and topics for future research.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at CSIT Advisory Board meetings, provision of market insight, real-world challenges, access to real-world data sets etc. Presentation of multiple business challenge areas at 'deep dive' sessions in December 2018.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description CSIT Industrial Advisory Board and membership scheme 
Organisation CISCO Systems
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Involvement in CSIT Industrial Advisory Board and membership scheme, informing the research agenda and ensuring market focus and commercial potential and impact.
Start Year 2011
 
Description CSIT Membership Model 
Organisation BAE Systems
Department Advanced Technology Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution An independent Industrial Advisory Board made up of industry members who have joined CSIT to help guide and provide market input into the research direction. BAE give important market input to inform the research within CSIT and identify opportunitities for exploitation.
Start Year 2009
 
Description CSIT Membership of Industrial Advisory Board 
Organisation Thales Group
Department Thales Research & Technology (Uk) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contribution in both cash and in kind to CSIT Industrual Advisory Board and membership scheme. Market input to help inform the research agenda to ensure impact and commercialisation.
Start Year 2009
 
Description KTP with Relay Software 
Organisation Relay Software
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership on secure software for Insurance Industry
Start Year 2012
 
Description KTP with Replify 
Organisation Replify
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership on Secure WAN Optimisation
Start Year 2012
 
Description KTP with Seven Technologies 
Organisation Seven Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership on secure WiFi
Start Year 2011
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with AllState NI (Insurance Fraud Detection) 
Organisation Allstate
Department Allstate Northern Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Application of advanced data analytics techniques to detection of Insurance Fraud.
Collaborator Contribution Deep engagement with CSIT staff and preparation of a large Grant for R&D which has been submitted to Invest NI.
Impact Too early
Start Year 2014
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Ampliphae (Detection of enterprise security threats) 
Organisation Ampliphae Ltd
PI Contribution Guidance provided by Dr Philip O'Kane and academic colleagues in emerging and novel threats and state-of-the-art approaches to detection. Knowledge fo the cyber threat landscape.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and product development in the area of network traffic analysis and software product development in the communications sector.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Autoline Insurance (Vehicle Telematics) 
Organisation Autoline Insurance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Investigation of realtime streaming telematics from motor cars and application of advanced data analytics to determine driving style and risk factors.
Collaborator Contribution Access to datasets.
Impact Autoline now offer telematics based motor insurance policies and are gaining market share.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Belfast Smartcards (Identity Based Encryption) 
Organisation Belfast Smartcards Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Investigation of advanced crytpographic schemes such as Identity Based Encryption and its suitability for use in access control systems
Collaborator Contribution Access to state of the art commercial access control systems
Impact Too early
Start Year 2016
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Intelligent Environments (Machine Learning for malicious behaviour detection ) 
Organisation Intelligent Environments Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Malware detection techniques for use in enterprise environments.
Collaborator Contribution Access to commercial portal environments and low level behaviour of users as recorded by the platform.
Impact Too early
Start Year 2016
 
Company Name Cognition Video Ltd. 
Description Cognition Video is a platform for the automatic and intelligent processing of images, video and related data. Examples of the analytics capability include pedestrian detection and tracking; face recognition; moving object detection and tracking; event recognition. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact Cognition Video won the Enterprise Software category at INVENT in 2015 and graduated from Springboard at Catalyst Inc. later that year. The platform is currently being trialled for two different use cases around security and safety in the cyber-physical market.
Website http://www.cognitionvideo.co.uk
 
Company Name DITACA LTD 
Description Ditaca is developing a method of securing distributed critical systems via the cloud. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact Ditaca was a finalist in the 2017 Invent Awards Electronics catageory
 
Company Name AFFYON LTD 
Description Industrial control system security. Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the power of the Cloud 
Year Established 2018 
Impact Propel 19 Team - Propel is a pre-accelerator based in Belfast Northern Ireland
Website http://affyon.com/
 
Company Name LIOPA LTD 
Description Liopa brings a novel, robust and convenient person authentication solution to the biometric security market. Our product can validate a user's identity by analysing the appearance and movement of their lips as they speak into a camera. These movements are known as their viseme profile and have been shown to be highly speaker-specific. The user is challenged to say a randomly chosen word or phrase each time they are authenticated. This allows our technology to not only accurately verify identity but also ensure that the person is actually present ("liveness") and therefore the biometric data is not being falsified. Liopa enables a number of use cases including - o Prevention of theft and fraud in online and mobile commerce o Online and mobile banking authentication o Secure Access to Web-sites o Physical Access Security, Time and Attendance Management o Securing access to Mobile Devices & Applications o Authentication for Corporate mobile workforce 
Year Established 2015 
Impact Liopa has been named the winner of the Software and Digital Media category, sponsored by Intel, at the 25k Awards. The team was one of two spin out ventures competing in this category being incubated by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen's University Belfast's ECIT Institute. The prestigious annual 25k awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are made under the NISP CONNECT entrepreneurship programme, based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. The awards are designed to showcase the most innovative research and intellectual property from the publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland. Liopa were recently selected as a Finalist in the prestigious IPASCO ICT Security awards. Liopa's unique Lip-based Biometric Authentication solution impressed the judges in this highly competitive category. IPACSO is supported by the European Commission, and aims to improve the competitiveness of the European Cyber Security & Privacy market. Each year in October, Europe's most innovative and forward-thinking researchers and entrepreneurs gather in Brussels, recognising those who are bolstering Europe's cyber security landscape. With the awards, the IPACSO consortium, supported by the European Commission under FP7, support Privacy and Cyber Security Innovations 'Made in Europe'.
Website http://www.liopa.co.uk/
 
Company Name Sensurity 
Description Sensurity is dedicated to raising the standards for Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) on a global basis. We pioneer and patent intelligent security systems with high levels of intelligence and unparalleled durability. Sensurity's roots lie in cutting edge research into high-frequency electronics at Queen's University Belfast. The company was originally established as a spin-off from this academic research, to commercialise advances in microwave intrusion detection. The Sensurity brand stands for security, assurance and integrity at the cutting-edge of innovation. The resulting product is highly innovative and hugely practical. 
Year Established 2012 
Impact Sensurity was established to commercialise research undertaken by Professor Vincent Fusco and his team at QUB that resulted in a novel microwave fence for intrusion detection.
Website http://sensurity.com
 
Company Name TITAN IC SYSTEMS LIMITED 
Description Titan IC Systems is a world leader in the development of hardware engines for content and network processing. The solutions offered include Regular Expression Processor (RXP) and Parallel String Matcher (PSM) for use in all aspects of network security including: Intrusion Detection/Prevention, application detection, anti-virus, and content/URL filtering. Titan IC Systems has a large portfolio of network and network security related intellectual property, based on research conducted over the past five years at ECIT. This research has been focused on the underlying processing architectures and silicon technologies, essential for supporting secure, high quality streaming services. Titan IC Systems innovation lies in the ability to perform fast and parallel pattern matching and regular expression processing at speeds of up to 40Gb/s. 
Year Established 2007 
Impact Titan IC Systems is delivering new benchmarks in both flexibility and performance for content inspection and network processing hardware. The unique technology capability offers customers the ability to perform regular expression processing and pattern matching acceleration at speeds of a few 100Mb/s up to 40Gb/s utilising a fully scalable, flexible and parallel architecture. This revolutionary new technology is capable of processing multiple characters and multiple regular expressions in parallel as concurrent tasks on several processing engines. Selected as one of the UK's 12 "most exciting" technology start-ups and invted to pitch their business at Number 10 Downing Street. Atracted £850k of funding via venture capital investments in 2015.
Website http://www.titanicsystems.com/
 
Description 4IRC - Do smart toys make smart kids, 18 December - Catalyst Inc (Rafferty) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 4IRC - Do smart toys make smart kids, 18 December - Catalyst Inc (Rafferty)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://connect.catalyst-inc.org/techwatch/csitsmarttoys
 
Description 4th ETSI/IQC Workshop on Quantum-Safe Cryptography 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Ciara Rafferty presented an invited paper on the work of the SAFEcrypto project to the ETSI conference held in Toronto in September 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ACM Computing Frontiers 2016, Como, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill gave an invited talk to the ACM Computing Frontiers Conference held in Como, Italy in May 2016. Prof O'Neill gave an overview of the SAFEcrypto project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Allstate CyberCon event, 3 Oct 18 - Panel discussion and exhibiting (O'Neill, Ward, Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Allstate CyberCon event, 3 Oct 18 - Panel discussion and exhibiting (O'Neill, Ward, Millar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Anomali Threat Intelligence - QUB - (Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Anomali Threat Intelligence - QUB - (Millar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC News NI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill was interviewed by BBC NI News on her success in Horizon 2020 - the first such project to be co-ordinated in Northern Ireland. Broadcast on TV and Radio in April 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Online article (NI cyber research hub) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Crozier explaining the critical role of CSIT as a cyber research hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39921921
 
Description BBC Radio Inside Business (cybercrime) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Crozier representing CSIT on a radio panel on the topic of cyber crime, it's growth, and activity ongoing at CSIT to contribute to addressing the issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q724p
 
Description BBC World Service Forum Programme on Codes and Ciphers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill was invited to participate in a BBC World Service programme called Forum which focused on codes and ciphers. The BBC World Service regularly attracts audiences in excess of 210 million people worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Belfast 2018 - 8th Annual Cyber Security Summit at CSIT 9-10 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Running on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May, Belfast 2018 will be CSIT's 8th World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit. Part of the Summit's uniqueness is its bringing together the international research community alongside industry leaders, government policy makers, start-ups and SME's from around the world.

For researchers and technologists, the event will focus on planning today for the cyber security challenges of tomorrow. In terms of innovation, this event represents an opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, the growth of new cyber security companies with global ambitions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/csit/News/Events/Belfast2018/
 
Description Belfast CDB - Competitive advantage through cyber security 20 Feb 2019 (Crozier) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Belfast CDB - Competitive advantage through cyber security 20 Feb 2019 (Crozier)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Beltech - Building a Cyber Resilient Culture (Crozier) 3 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Beltech - Building a Cyber Resilient Culture (Crozier)

Beltech is an ICT industry conference held annually in Belfast

3 May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://vimeo.com/269865470
 
Description BigDataBelfast, 15 Oct 18 - CSIT led cybersecurity session (Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact BigDataBelfast, 15 Oct 18 - CSIT led cybersecurity session (Millar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bigdatabelfast.com/
 
Description CSIT ANNOUNCES JOBS BOOST FOR CYBER SECURITY INDUSTRY 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Ten new research and engineering jobs are being created at Queen's University Belfast, to meet the demands of new contracts and the rapidly growing cyber security industry in Northern Ireland.

The announcement was made as industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world gather at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for the two-day 8th Annual World Cyber Security Summit.

The Summit is focusing on security for a future digital society and the growth of new cyber security companies.

CSIT, which is the UK's lead university centre for commercialisation of cyber security research, is housed at Queen's University's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).

The jobs at CSIT, which range from graduate level to principal engineer, will focus on creating industry-viable products to crack down on cyber attacks and make networks more resilient. Some 1,100 people are employed in the cyber security industry in Northern Ireland with 80 staff currently employed at CSIT.

Speaking at the event, Director of CSIT Dr Godfrey Gaston, commented: "The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is growing rapidly and we are pleased to be recruiting ten new research and engineering staff, who will make a positive impact across the globe, ensuring that networks are more resilient and less likely to be attacked. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy in Northern Ireland.

"At CSIT, our experts work closely with many high profile partners to shape and direct the research agenda and ensure that there is strong commercial and societal impact. With graduate level jobs to principal engineer, we are helping to develop the next generation of industry leaders to address the widespread demand for cyber security professionals and technologies."

The latest announcement comes just weeks after CSIT was selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation centre in London.

Located in the East End's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will help secure the UK's position as a global leader in cyber security innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/CSITannouncesjobsboostforcybersecurityindustry.html
 
Description CSIT HOST WORKSHOP WITH JAPANESE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is delighted to welcome delegates from the Network Security Laboratory of the Japanese National Institute of Communications and Technology (NICT) to Belfast for a cybersecurity workshop today.

This workshop in Belfast presents an opportunity to discuss current cyber security activities at CSIT and NICT and explore the potential for future collaboration. The workshop will cover a range of topics including: Secure Connected Devices, AI-based cybersecurity techniques, Security Intelligence, Network Security Systems, IoT security and Malware Research.

CSIT formed strong links with NICT in 2015 when both parties signed a memoranda of understanding. Representatives from CSIT visited Japan along with representatives from Lancaster University and Imperial College London, two other UK Cyber Security Academic Centres of Excellence, for the signing ceremony hosted at the Ambassador's Residence of the British Embassy, Tokyo.

The Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) scheme is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and UK Research and Innovation. It is one of a number of initiatives outlined in the UK Government's National Cyber Security Strategy 'Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital World'. Queen's University Belfast are among seventeen of such Centres in the UK. The NICT is the sole Japanese national laboratory dedicated to ICT research - the Network Security Laboratory is highly regarded for its excellence in researching cyber security technology.

Dr Godfrey Gaston, CSIT Director, commented: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this workshop here in Belfast. Our relationship with NICT, Japan's premier Cybersecurity Research Institute, has been invaluable and together we have been able to shape our cybersecurity research direction to ensure robust and resilient outcomes."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/CSIThostworkshopwithJapaneseNationalInstituteofCommunicationsandTech...
 
Description CSIT PARTNERS WITH PLEXAL AND DELOITTE TO DELIVER £13.5 MILLION CYBER INNOVATION CENTRE IN LONDON 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at Queen's University Belfast, has been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation Centre in London.

Located in the East End's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will help secure the UK's position as global leader in cyber security innovation.

It will act as a convening force in the UK cyber security community, working closely with existing national cyber security innovation hubs and international centres of excellence to help position the UK as a world leader in cyber security solutions.

CSIT, which is based at Queen's University Belfast's Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), is partnering with Plexal and Deloitte and will play a key role in the Centre.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said: "This new centre in the Olympic Park will build on the site's legacy of excellence and spark a wave of creativity to develop tomorrow's technology and protect the nation from the increasing cyber threat."

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Godfrey Gaston, CSIT Director, said: "Queen's University Belfast is excited to be a delivery partner on this £13.5 million project. Cyber security is a significant societal challenge which CSIT is addressing through its globally recognised research excellence.

"Building on our unique model of innovation, CSIT will deliver cutting edge academic research insights and engineering resources to the 72 start-ups based at LCIC. The project will support engineering and innovation jobs here in Belfast and deliver wider economic benefits to the region."

He added: "CSIT has been at the forefront of UK cyber security research, innovation and economic impact since being established in 2009. During this time our Centre has utilised a unique model of innovation which marries world leading academic research with industrially experienced engineering capability to establish and support the growth of cyber security companies across the UK and helping them reach new markets across the globe. We are excited to be involved in delivering the LCIC which will enable us to support the next generation of companies in this dynamic and strategically important industry."

CSIT is the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security, and the UK's largest cyber security focused university technology research, development and innovation centre. The theme of CSIT's research roadmap is securing our digital tomorrow. CSIT will continue to lead on the new technologies needed for the seamless integration of electronic security into future Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT), including:



• quantum-safe cryptographic architectures;

• malware detection methods that can counteract advanced evasion technologies;

• securing highly distributed networks for critical infrastructures; and

• AI-enabled security analytics to provide to real-time threat indicators



The London Cyber Innovation Centre will boost the thriving East London digital cluster, spur the development of cutting-edge technology in this rapidly growing industry, and help to mitigate critical security risks facing businesses across all sectors. It will help introduce fresh innovations into established commercial markets, shortening implementation lag and attracting vital talent and investment into the UK.

A catalyst for startups, the Centre will run six accelerator programmes over three years, driving the development of solutions for the most pressing global cyber security challenges. Forging relationships between buyers, investors, leading academics and entrepreneurs. Startups accepted to the cohort programmes will receive world-class technical support, state-of-the-art testing facilities, dedicated engineering support, mentoring and business advice.

The Centre will work with large organisations to closely understand their specific challenges and support the innovators who will help solve them. An industry led Innovation Forum will bring in members of large organisations to ensure each cohort addresses challenges directly relevant to the market.

Claire Cockerton, CEO of Plexal, said: "The UK has a strong heritage in information security innovation and a healthy business environment for start-ups to scale. Our future international standing will depend on the delivery of a robust and forward-thinking cyber security sector which will enable us to drive the 4th industrial revolution: a future where intelligent automation, regulatory compliance and seamless orchestration across business tools is natural."

Stephen Wray, Director of Cyber Innovation at Deloitte, said: "The new Centre will provide UK cyber innovators with a platform to develop their products with exactly the right market fit. We are delighted to support with both our extensive cyber domain expertise and global market access."

Robert Hannigan (CMG), former Director of GCHQ and Chair of the Centre's industrial advisory board said: "The London Cyber Innovation Centre will be the launch pad for a whole generation of new cyber security companies, benefiting both the UK's economy and its security."

For more information and to register, click here: http://www.plexal.com/cybersecurity/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/CSITpartnerswithPlexalandDeloittetodeliver135millionCyberInnovationC...
 
Description CSIT SHORTLISTED FOR RESEARCH LABORATORY TEAM OF THE YEAR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) has been shortlisted for Research Laboratory Team of the Year in the Irish Laboratory Awards 2019.

CSIT has been announced as finalists in the Research Laboratory Team of the Year category, which celebrates the perfect blend of individuals who represent the ideal definition of team in a laboratory or research group working in either a commercial lab, at a third level or research institution and laboratories working in the public service and health care facilities.

CSIT, a research centre based at Queen's University Belfast, was established as the UK's national Innovation & Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security in 2009 and was one of the first research labs in the UK to be accredited by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Professor Máire O'Neill, Principal Investigator for CSIT, said:

"The laboratory team at CSIT work to achieve the commercialisation of emerging technologies through world-class research, new value and venture creation and an entrepreneurial approach in the area of cyber security. This unique environment encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of cyber and physical security research through to commercial application. The whole team is proud of the impact of the work that we do together and we are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Irish Laboratory Awards Research Laboratory Team of the Year category."



Launched in 2013, the Irish Laboratory Awards are the premier awards programme in Ireland for recognising and celebrating innovation and research within Ireland's laboratories.

The winners will be revealed at the 2019 gala awards and dinner on Thursday 7 March at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/CSITSHORTLISTEDFORRESEARCHLABORATORYTEAMOFTHEYEAR.html
 
Description CSIT SUPPORTS SECURE TICKET DELIVERY START-UP TIXSERVE AT TIME OF INCREASED CYBER ATTACKS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen's University Belfast has announced Kildare based start-up Tixserve as the newest addition to its associate membership programme.

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen's University Belfast has announced Kildare based start-up Tixserve as the newest addition to its associate membership programme.

Research from the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement has revealed that 50 per cent of organisations with over 500 employees have suffered a cyber-attack in the past 12 months. At a time when cyber-attacks continue to rise, CSIT and Tixserve will work together to combat cyber-crime within the ticketing industry.

Tixserve is a paperless ticket fulfilment platform offering ticket sellers and fans the most secure, convenient, fast and cost-effective way of purchasing tickets. The ground-breaking, patent-pending solution that Tixserve has developed features the innovative use of proven 'track and trace' technologies which solves ticket abuse and greatly enhances the ticketing experience for consumers.

CSIT encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of cyber and physical security research through to commercial application.

Existing CSIT industry members include Allstate, Direct Line Group and Thales. While the membership programme is open to organisations of all sizes, the associate membership programme is specifically designed to enable start-ups and SMEs to access CSIT expertise.

Judith Millar, Business Development Manager, CSIT commented: "CSIT is pleased to announce this new partnership with Tixserve through our associate membership programme. Tixserve is a highly innovative start-up company, introducing secure, paperless tickets that have the potential to revolutionise the entertainment industry, and the secondary ticket sales market."

Security within the entertainment and sporting sectors is currently in the spotlight following recent announcements of cyber breaches. US ticket distribution website Ticketfly, a subsidiary of Eventbrite, suffered a major data breach that exposed the email addresses and other personal data of more than twenty-six million people.

Ticketmaster's UK site suffered a data breach impacting five per cent of customers, up to 40,000 people with some reporting financial losses.

Tixserve's B2B clients are existing ticket-sellers for live events in sport, music and theatre. The unique secure, interactive and content-rich digital ticket is delivered instantly to mobile phones and enables ticket sellers to know their customer, reduce distribution costs, control ticket exchange and benefit from new ways of generating revenues.

Managing Director of Tixserve Patrick Kirby said: "When we founded Tixserve, we set out to help the ticketing industry to reduce dependence on paper and to meet the expectations of the mobile generation. We wanted to create a digital ticket that enhances the user experience for fans, delivers commercial benefits for ticket-sellers, and offers cast iron security.

"Partnering with CSIT gives Tixserve a competitive advantage with access to CSIT's cutting-edge knowledge, research and resources, enabling us to future-proof our platform and consistently offer our clients the latest appropriate technologies in this rapidly evolving sector."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/CSITSUPPORTSSECURETICKETDELIVERYSTART-UPTIXSERVEATTIMEOFINCREASEDCYB...
 
Description Captture the Flag Competition for NI Civil Service Conference, Newcastle, Co Down 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Staged a Capture the Flag Competition for the NI Civil Service at their annual conference in Newcastle, Co Down in August 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Capture the Flag Competition, B-Sides Conference, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a Capture the Flag Competition as part of the B-Sides, Belfast conference held in September 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://bsidesbelfast.org/about.html
 
Description Cyber Security & Privacy Forum, Brussels, Belguim 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented the SAFEcrypto project to an audience of cryptographic practitioners and EU Commission staff. Also presented our approach to innovation within the project and participated in a panel discussion with project co-ordinators from across Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CyberFirst Defenders - 23 - 27 July [Crozier, O'Neill] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact CyberFirst Defenders residential hosted for NCSC to encourage young people into cyber security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/education-skills/11-19-year-olds
 
Description Danish Homeland Security Conference in November (Mills) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Danish Homeland Security Conference in November (Mills)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Digital DNA, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in a panel discussion on cybersecurity for enterprises , innovators and SMEs. Giving practical advise for those bewildered by the threatening nomenclature and emotive language used in the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description DigitalDNA - NICyber panel discussion chaired by CSIT (Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Digital DNA is an annual digital and creative industries conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://digitaldna.org.uk/
 
Description ENISA-FORTH Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill gave a tutorial on "Practical implementation of lattice-based cryptography". Gavin McWilliams presented a poster on SAFEcrypto project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nis-summer-school.enisa.europa.eu/
 
Description ETSI/IQC Quantum Safe Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah McCarthy presented a SAFEcrypto project update and research results in the area of quantum-safe cryptology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.etsi.org/events/1296-etsi-iqc-quantum-safe-workshop-2018
 
Description EXCLUSIVE BRIEFING WITH FORMER SECRETARY OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, MICHAEL CHERTOFF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact he Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) hosted an exclusive cyber security briefing event with Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at the ECIT Institute, Queen's Road, Belfast.

The event was attended by many individuals from Northern Ireland's cyber community and was a fantastic opportunity to get a global insight into the cyber security issues and grand challenges that the industry faces today.

Chertoff commented "Cyber security issues are now among the most significant that the world faces. That means we have to collaborate together to come up with strategies that are reasonable but effective because we have a global system, and if one part of that system fails the ripple effect is felt throughout the entire system."

Chertoff explained "I always liken cyber security issues to health issues. The human body keeps out a lot of dangers but it also recognises that there will be bacteria, germs and viruses that will get in and so we want to build resilience to fight back against infection. There is a similar approach in cyber security."

"I was very impressed with CSIT and glad to have the opportunity to speak there. What CSIT is doing seems very promising in transforming Belfast into an innovation hub".

For those who were not able to attend this insightful event, a short video is now available highlighting some of the key discussions explored on the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/ExclusivebriefingwithFormerSecretaryofUSDepartmentofHomelandSecurity...
 
Description European Security Research, Dublin, Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the SAFEcrypto project to a group of European security standards bodies and highlighted the need to migrate to quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms in our critical infrastructures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description From Connected Toys to Nuclear Power Plants - Why Hardware Security Matters at IoT Belfast - Dr Neil Hanley 12 Dec 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'From Connected Toys to Nuclear Power Plants - Why Hardware Security Matters' at IoT Belfast - Dr Neil Hanley 12 Dec
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.meetup.com/IoTBelfast/events/253946812/
 
Description Fujitsu World Tour, London, 12 July 18 (Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Fujitsu global technologists conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.fujitsu.com/uk/microsite/world-tour-2018/
 
Description Global Grand Challenges Summit, co-organized by US National Academy of Engineering, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill attended the Summit and presented her work on the SAFEcrypto project in September 2015 in Beijing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description HARDWARE SECURITY EXPERTS COME TOGETHER IN LONDON AT THE INAUGURAL RISE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Hardware security experts come together in London at the inaugural Research Institute for Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) Annual Conference, organised by CSIT, Queen's University Belfast, who are core partners in RISE with the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Bristol.

RISE, which was launched in November 2017, is one of four cyber security institutes in the UK and is a global hub for research and innovation in hardware security. The institute is hosted by Queen's and is jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The Internet of Things has led to increased demand for hardware security research and innovation with growing security needs in embedded and networking devices, as well as in cloud services. An increase in the use of smart devices means that there are now many new attack methods and surfaces for criminals and hackers to exploit.

In light of recently publicised hardware attacks such as the Spectre, Meltdown and Foreshadow, and the alleged Chinese hardware hacking of Amazon and Apple servers, this conference brings together leading hardware security experts from academia and industry to discuss the current challenges in the area and the projects they are working on to address these challenges.

Jo Van Bulck from KU Leuven (co-author of the Foreshadow attack, which found vulnerabilities in Intel processors) delivered the first key note speech of the day discussing 'Leaky processors and the RISE of hardware-based trusted computing', and introduced their recent work on several new transient execution attacks that target Intel, ARM and AMD processors. Patrick Koeberl from Intel Labs was the second key note addressing the topic of 'Vehicle to Cloud: Security Research Challenges for Intelligent Vehicles.'

Prof Máire O'Neill, Director of RISE commented: "RISE is in an excellent position to become the go-to place for high quality hardware security research. A key aim is to bring together the hardware security community in the UK and build a strong network of national and international research partnerships.

We work closely with leading UK-based industry partners and stakeholders, transforming research findings into products, services and business opportunities, which will benefit the UK economy.

This conference presents an opportunity to reflect on the highlights of RISE to date and strengthen our future plans to tackle the global problem of cyber threats."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/HardwaresecurityexpertscometogetherinLondonattheinauguralRISEAnnualC...
 
Description HSBC GBM does the Medici Effect (Mills, Miller, Crozier) 6 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact HSBC GBM does the Medici Effect (Mills, Miller, Crozier) 6 March 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IRISH ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING PRESENTS PARSONS MEDAL TO PROF SIR MCCANNY AT A CEREMONY IN BELFAST 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The IAE presented the Parsons Medal to Prof Sir McCanny at a ceremony in Belfast, onboard HMS Caroline, on 25 October. A crowd of esteemed engineers, academics and Prof Sir McCanny's friends and family attended the day's festivities.

Prof Sir McCanny is emeritus professor in electronics and computer engineering at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) and was Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). He received a knighthood in the 2017 New Year's Honours in recognition for his services to higher education and economic development, and has published five research books, 360 peer-reviewed research papers, and holds more than 20 patents. He received a record level of funding for his research between 1984 and 2017, which amounted to approximately £110m.

Throughout his career, Prof Sir McCanny made a significant contribution to innovation. He and his researchers have developed data-storing technology, with much of Prof Sir McCanny's focus being on the use of silicon to produce chips for digital and video signal processing. Films including Jurassic Park and Schindler's List have used technology developed by Prof Sir McCanny and his research students.

As well as ECIT, Prof Sir McCanny was also responsible, within QUB, for developing the vision that led to the creation of the non-profit Catalyst Inc Science Park in Belfast. Developed from a brownfield site, there are now more than 200 companies employing 3,000 people, paying in excess of £115m per annum in salaries. Additionally, Prof Sir McCanny spearheaded the Centre for Secure Information, a world-leader in cyber security. Established in 2009 and part of QUB, this helped create a new business cluster in Belfast that today comprises more than 40 companies and employs in excess of 1,400 people.

The IAE is an all-island body promoting excellence in engineering and technology for the betterment of the island of Ireland. This year's Parsons Medal ceremony took place in Belfast in honour of Prof Sir McCanny, onboard HMS Caroline, a C-class light cruiser that saw action during WW1. HMS Caroline was the ideal venue for the ceremony, as she was powered by four Parsons steam turbines - invented by Sir Charles Algernon Parsons, eminent Irish engineer, and namesake of this medal. The medal was presented by his descendant, the Earl of Rosse, Sir Brendan Parsons.

Speaking at the event, President of the IAE, Prof Tony Smyth said: "I think you will agree that Sir John is an inspiration for the wide range of work he has undertaken and his commitment to engineering and technology."

Honorary Secretary of the academy, Bill Grimson was the next to speak, saying: "The IAE is pleased to award the Parsons Medal to Sir John McCanny in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the advancement of the application of engineering, science and technology that result in significant social and economic impact."

Prof Sir McCanny said he was deeply honoured to be presented with the Parsons Medal, adding "this very much represents the pinnacle of achievement for an engineer in Ireland.". He paid tribute to the support and contributions of his colleagues at Catalyst Inc, Norman Apsley and newly appointed CEO, Steve Orr, the team at the Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), and his family and friends. He also thanked the IAE for the award, and Sir Brendan Parsons, who presented to medal to Prof Sir McCanny.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/IrishAcademyofEngineeringpresentsParsonsMedaltoProfSirMcCannyatacere...
 
Description ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 Working Group 2 (Cryptography) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented the SAFEcrypto project to the members of SC27 WG2 at their meeting in Abu Dhabi on October 2016. SAFEcrypto had requested to be recognised as an offical liaision point with the committee. This request has now been granted and we can contribute directly to international standardisation in the area of quantum-resistant cryptography.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ITSS Immersive Cluster Meeting - Lead by Nigel McAlpine - 7 September (Crozier) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Immersive Technologies Industry Group Workshop on Cyber Security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Infosecurity Magazine (NI salaries) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Sir John McCanny speaking on the impact of CSIT and the cyber security sector on the Northern Ireland economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/cybersec-worth-60m-salaries
 
Description LONDON CYBER INNOVATION CENTRE WELCOMES FIRST COHORT OF INNOVATIVE UK-BASED CYBER SECURITY COMPANIES 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A new cyber innovation centre, which will be partly delivered by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast, has been officially opened by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) will be run by Plexal in the East London Innovation Centre, which is located on the fast-growing Here East digital and creative campus developed and owned by Delancey's DV4 fund. The centre is being delivered in partnership with Deloitte's cyber team and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast.

The centre's opening coincides with specially commissioned research by LORCA that reveals more than half of large businesses have suffered a cyber-security attack in the last 12 months, and almost a quarter of UK businesses (24 per cent) do not think their cyber security solutions are fit for their needs.

As the business threat of cyber crime increases, the new study of 500 UK C-level executives also reveals that more than half (53 per cent) do not have a formalised protocol in place for cyber-attacks.

Most breaches or attacks are via fraudulent emails - such as attempting to coax staff into revealing passwords or financial information or opening dangerous attachments.

Despite this, the majority of businesses (70 per cent) surveyed said they haven't purchased a cyber security solution from a startup company or SME in the last two years. The reasons why they might not seek external specialist help depend on the size of the company: the largest proportion of SMEs (37 per cent) chose awareness of the solution as the key challenge when implementing a new and innovative solution to cyber threats. This contrasts to larger companies surveyed, where integration concerns were considered the most significant barrier (47 per cent).

The government-funded centre for cyber security innovation will help position the UK as a global leader in the growing field of cyber security and keep the nation safe from online threats.

LORCA will help some of the UK's brightest cyber security stars across all stages of growth address business challenges and achieve greater impact with their innovative solutions. It has also announced the ten organisations that will make up its first cohort, including B-Secur which specialises in using biometric heartbeat solutions as a means of authentication, as well as for health and wellbeing purposes.

LORCA has also announced that Lloyds Banking Group will be the first founding partner. As part of their mission to ensure the financial services sector is sufficiently prepared for cybercrime, Lloyds Banking Group will be closely involved in selecting and supporting innovators, over and above Government funding, with a specific focus on cyber security in the financial industry.

Plexal, which operates London's largest innovation space and specialises in helping high-tech startups in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the Internet of Things, will run the £13.5m innovation centre in Plexal City at Here East, on the site of London's Olympic Park. LORCA will be delivered in partnership with Deloitte's cyber team and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast in a cross-disciplinary team with strategic, entrepreneurial, engineering and cyber security technical skills.

Lydia Ragoonanan, Director of LORCA, said: "The threats posed to businesses by cyber-attacks are continually changing. We're proud to be working with industry to understand their needs, with investors who can help develop the solutions scale at pace, and with incredible innovators who are helping secure UK's position as a world leader in cyber security. By bringing all these things together in our new centre we will stay ahead and help British businesses grow and succeed."

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: "Britain's future prosperity will be based on its digital technology and no technology can work without cyber security so expanding this sector is critical to our future.

"It's fantastic to open this new centre where some of our most talented entrepreneurs and innovative companies will develop the cyber security technology of tomorrow. This will boost London's booming tech sector and benefit businesses across the country.

"We are investing £1.9 billion to protect the nation from cyber threats, have introduced new laws to strengthen our defences, and developed a wealth of free help and guidance for businesses available through our National Cyber Security Centre."

Louise Cushnahan, Innovation Programme Manager at CSIT, said: "CSIT is delighted to be a partner in LORCA. We will replicate our unique innovation model to assist the startup community within the new centre. This will be achieved through our dedicated engineering support and delivery of an academic engagement and thought leadership programme. This is a strategically important initiative and we are excited to start working with the next wave of UK cyber innovators."

Stephen Wray, Director of Cyber Innovation at Deloitte, said: "We are supporting clients solve cyber challenges in over 150 countries. LORCA will connect innovators with these global market opportunities. We look forward to bringing our domain expertise to help amplify the impact of LORCA Members for the benefit of the UK economy."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/LondoncyberinnovationcentrewelcomesfirstcohortofinnovativeUK-basedcy...
 
Description London Lattice Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ciara Rafferty presented SAFEcrypto work on lattice-based cryptography to a special interest group of researchers and industrial cryptographers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NI Cyber - Cyber resilience - 23 Jan CSIT (Millar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NI Cyber - Cyber resilience - 23 Jan CSIT (Millar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nicyber.tech/
 
Description NI Fintech Envoy Group - Chancellor of Exchequer Briefing - 25 July (Crozier) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Consultation event with Chancellor of Exchequer on Brexit and Fintech
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NIST Workshop on Cybersecurity in a Post-Quantum World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Maire O'Neill presented a paper on 'Practical Lattice-based Digital Signature Schemes' and Dr Liz O'Sullivan participated in a panel discussion on key management architectures for quantum-resisitant cryptography.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description News Letter article (cyber threat to health records) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Crozier discussing the potential threat posed by cybercrome actors to health records
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/patients-medical-records-could-be-on-dark-web-warns-qub-exper...
 
Description PST 2018 - 28 Aug (Sezer, Gaston, Mills, Crozier, Millar, McCrory) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 16th Annual Privacy, Security and Trust international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pstnet.ca/pst2018/
 
Description Presentation at BEWISER final conference (Philip Mills) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to the attendees at the FP7 BEWISER project final conference ont he subject of CSIT security research and standardisation activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland 2019 (Crozier) 14 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://cybersecurityni.holyrood.com/
 
Description QUEEN'S CYBERSECURITY EXPERT PROFESSOR MÁIRE O'NEILL WINS PRESTIGIOUS BLAVATNIK AWARD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Queen's University Belfast cybersecurity expert Professor Máire O'Neill has been awarded US$30,000 in the second annual Blavatnik Awards in the UK, which honour outstanding young scientists under the age of 42.

The Blavatnik Awards, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, recognise and support exceptional young scientists and engineers aged 42 years or younger.

Professor O'Neill, Professor of Information Security in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's; Principal Investigator at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's; and Director of the UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) at CSIT, has been awarded a finalist title in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category.

She has been awarded the prize due to her world-class reputation for research and invention in the field of hardware security, in particular for her work developing attack-resilient computer hardware platforms and chip designs.

Speaking about the award, Professor O'Neill said: "It is an honour to be recognised by the Blavatnik Family Foundation for my work in hardware security.

"The increase in the number of connected devices through both cloud and Internet of Things technologies has led to growing security and privacy concerns. A strong hardware security foundation is essential in realising effective security in these ICT systems.

"My research seeks to provide practical and effective hardware security solutions that meet the real-time computation and resource-constrained requirements of ICT systems, services and applications."

Professor O'Neill was the youngest engineering professor in Queen's University history; the youngest Irish Academy of Engineering fellow; and is a former UK Female Inventor of the Year.

Now in their second year in the UK, the 2019 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists received 83 nominations from 43 academic and research institutions across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. A distinguished jury of leading senior scientists and engineers from throughout the UK selected the Laureates and Finalists.

Professor O'Neill will be honoured at a gala dinner and ceremony at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Wednesday 6 March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/QueenscybersecurityexpertProfessorMaireONeillwinsprestigiousBlavatni...
 
Description QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY INVESTS £500K IN STATE-OF-THE-ART CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH LAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Queen's University Belfast is investing £500k in a brand new state-of-the-art cyber security research lab at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

The facility, which is based at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's, will create a stronger service and innovation driven engagement model of academic research to address global challenges within the cyber security industry.

CSIT will work with local and international corporations, start-up companies and SMEs to form a strong response to cyber security attacks.

The CSIT Test lab includes a high-speed network interconnected via a multi-gigabit optical fibre to the public Internet. The experimental test network is a collection of diverse information and communication technologies with unique connectivity properties. It also includes a state-of-the-art Cyber Range, which is a virtual environment that is used for cyber-defence training and cyber technology development.

With extended high-speed traffic capture and storage capability, the new lab will allow researchers at CSIT, and their partners, to undertake advanced malware monitoring and reverse engineering. The researchers will also be able to explore the most prevalent cyber-attack methods, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), by generating synthetic attack replay and monitoring features.

Professor Sakir Sezer, Head of Connected Systems Security at CSIT, explains that this is a significant investment for the research community in Northern Ireland, with opportunities for supporting and promoting innovation within cybersecurity.

He says: "With cyber-attacks and emerging threats becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, applied research and innovation in cybersecurity depends on data-sets and well equipped state-of-the-art experimental labs and shared research infrastructures.

"The CSIT Test Lab is one of the first UK-wide research infrastructures providing an experimental playground for both academia and industry to collaborate, innovate and share equipment, tools, experiments and data-sets. We are very proud of our new custom-built Cyber Range which will allow us to connect remotely and share our facilities on an ad-hoc basis with our partners in the UK, US, Europe and Asia."

Professor Sezer adds: "The lab gives Queen's University Belfast and CSIT new experimental capabilities for application (software) and appliance (hardware) penetration testing, which is highly relevant for the local cyber security cluster member companies.

"By combining all the new capabilities, the lab facilitates a highly configurable platform for many widespread communication technologies, enabling state-of-the-art 'capture the flag and other red/blue team' cybersecurity challenge games and specialised cybersecurity staff training."

Judith Millar, Business Development Manager at CSIT, comments: "This new extension of the CSIT research infrastructure provides the essential technologies and tools to deliver critical services and training for the local Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster.

"SMEs and start-ups will be able to access the latest cyber security technologies, infrastructure and synthetic test-data for testing and product validation through this impressive research facility. Training, interoperability and penetration testing support by CSIT for start-ups and SMEs are vital for competitive advantage, economic success and added value for the local economy."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/QueensUniversityinvests500kinstate-of-the-artcybersecurityresearchla...
 
Description Royal Irish Academy/American Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards 2015, 2016, 2017, Professor McCanny member of he awards committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards are a joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. They recognise and acknowledge exemplary ideas, originating in Irish organisations, making a social and economic impact through research innovation in meeting market needs involving collaboration with US companies.

The Awards operate on an all-Ireland basis and are awarded in three categories:
•Multinational Corporation Award
•SME Award
•Higher Education Award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://www.ria.ie/grants-and-awards/us-ireland-research-innovation-awards
 
Description SECURING CONNECTED DEVICES: AN ARMS RACE - ACADEMY DISCOURSE BY PROFESSOR MÁIRE O'NEILL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ABOUT THE DISCOURSE
With the rapid proliferation of pervasive electronic devices in our lives, the internet of things (IoT) has become a reality and its influence on our day to day activities is set to further increase with a projected 125 Billion connected devices by 2030. However, this poses serious security and privacy issues as we will no longer have direct control over with whom and what our devices communicate. Counterfeit, hacked, or cloned devices acting on a network are a significant threat. In addition, IoT devices are often low-cost in area, low-power and typically are restricted in both memory and computing power.

This talk will outline the challenges in addressing security for resource-constrained IoT devices and some of the solutions currently being considered. The impact of quantum computers on security will also be discussed.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Professor Máire O'Neill (FIAE, MRIA) has a strong international reputation for her research in hardware security and applied cryptography. She is currently PI of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), QUB, and Research Director of the £5M UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE), funded by EPSRC and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). She also leads an EU H2020 SAFEcrypto project in the area of practical quantum-safe cryptography. She previously held an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (2008-2014) and was a former holder of a UK Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship (2003-2008). She has received numerous awards for her research work which include a 2014 Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal and British Female Inventor of the Year 2007. She has authored two research books and has over 140 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications.


ABOUT THE EVENT
Where: Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Date: 7th November 2018

Time: 6pm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/SecuringConnectedDevicesAnArmsRace-AcademyDiscoursebyProfessorMaireO...
 
Description THREE LEADING QUEEN'S RESEARCHERS RECOGNISED IN PRESTIGIOUS MOBILE INDUSTRY AWARDS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Three researchers from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's University Belfast have been shortlisted as finalists in the esteemed Mobile World Scholar Challenge.

The Mobile World Scholar Challenge is a global competition that showcases the best mobile research taking place in the world.

Dozens of applications from universities around the world were submitted during the two-month application period, and five finalists were chosen by GSMA, the trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide.

Researchers from ECIT received an impressive three out of the five finalist places for their research, which represents the best in ground-breaking new technology.

The three finalists from ECIT are Dr Niall McLaughlin, Nan Wang and Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi. Their research spans a variety of complex subjects within the mobile industry such as; Deep Learning for Mobile Malware Detection, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and 5G Network infrastructure.

Finalist Nan Wang, Postgraduate Research Student at ECIT, said: "It is an honour for my research to be recognised by the esteemed GSMA. My research is focused on Edge Computing and ECIT is leading the way in ensuring the adoption of this new technology.

"I have designed an Edge Computing system and developed a software framework for providing computing services on the system. Through this system multiple traditionally Cloud-hosted applications are able to service users from their adjacent places such as a home router. Consequently, delays experienced by application users are reduced."

The finals of the competition will take place at MWC19 in Barcelona, Spain on 27 February 2019. MWC19 is the largest gathering for the mobile industry in the world, bringing together the latest innovations, leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies and over 100,000 delegates.

The event showcases cutting edge ideas poised to impact the mobile world. The Mobile World Scholar Challenge forms part of the event and highlights new and impactful ideas from the academic and research communities across the globe.

Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Director of ECIT at Queen's University, commented: "I am delighted that our researchers have been recognised for the cutting-edge research that they have produced which will greatly impact the mobile industry on a global scale.

"To be recognised by GSMA, the global community of mobile network operators, is testament to the work that is being carried out across disciplines daily at ECIT. I wish each of our team members the very best of luck for the final and look forward to seeing the impact of their work on the mobile industry."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/ThreeleadingQueensresearchersrecognisedinprestigiousmobileindustryaw...
 
Description Teaching Ethical Alternatives to Child Hackers (TEACH) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A day long workshop designed for school age students who are known to the police as hackers / potential hackers. The workshop explored the legal and ethical issues around illegal access to computing systems and highlighted the career opportunities for talented individuals who stay on the right side of the law.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description U105 Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gavin McWilliams was interviewed about the launch of the SAFEcrypto project and the growing importance of cybersecurity to the Northern Ireland economy. Broadcast in May 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description WORLDWIDE SUPPORT PROGRAMME ALLOWS CYBERSECURITY COMPANIES AND ENTREPRENEURS TO EXPLORE NEW MARKETS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Global EPIC 'Soft Landing Programme' will offer companies and entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to 'soft land' for a trial period in the market of one of the Global EPIC ecosystems. It will provide a low risk entry trial to companies and entrepreneurs entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to more readily tap into commercial opportunities. The Soft Landing Programme, which will be launched in the coming weeks, is operated by the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC), a worldwide collaboration between security ecosystems to co-create and adopt world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent. Several other Global EPIC keystones will join the programme later this year.

Within the soft landing programme, the ecosystems will provide, without cost to the companies and entrepreneurs, connections to their partner network, matchmaking with potential business partners, a meeting space, guidance on recruiting talented employees and market circumstances, incubator facilities and guidance on immigration and legal issues, leading to the possibility of establishing a permanent presence in the foreign market.

David Crozier, President of Global EPIC and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at Queen's University of Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) said: "One of the founding principles of Global EPIC is that of "glocalisation" as it pertains to tackling the worldwide challenge that cybersecurity presents whilst simultaneously realizing local economic impact for our partners. This soft landing programme represents the first tangible manifestation of coordinated delivery by our diverse partners around the globe which will offer real benefit to innovative cybersecurity companies by providing support to enter new markets."

Richard Franken (Executive Director The Hague Security Delta Foundation): "Collaboration on a world-scale is crucial and sharing expertise is an important aspect of that. This is not only about talking but also about actually doing things together. By allowing innovative SMEs and start-ups to explore new markets and let them collaborate within a new cluster, this initiative will do just that."

The participating ecosystems in the soft-landing program are: bwtech@UMBC (Baltimore, U.S.A.), Carelton GCR (Ottawa, Canada), Centre for Secure Information Technologies - CSIT (Belfast, U.K.), Cyber Wales (Cardiff, U.K), Hague Security Delta (The Hague, Netherlands), ITRI (Taipei, Taiwan), Kosciuszko Institute (Krakow, Poland), City of Surrey (Surrey, Canada), UNB (Fredericton, Canada)

For more information on how to 'soft-land' in one of these markets, visit https://globalepic.org/softLanding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/News/WorldwideSupportprogrammeAllowsCybersecurityCompaniesandEntrepreneur...
 
Description Workshop on European Smart-Grid Cybersecurity - Emerging threats and countermeasures 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The third SPARKS Stakeholder Engagement Workshop was held in Belfast on 26th August 2016. The workshop was very well attended and a number of local companies (SMEs) and utilities were among the 50+ participants drawn from across Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://project-sparks.eu/events/workshop-on-european-smart-grid-cybersecurity-emerging-threats-and-...
 
Description irish Times article (Liopa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Irish Times article about Liopa and underpinning research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/business/innovation/read-my-lips-irish-start-up-gets-teeth-into-verificat...