Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research - University of Birmingham

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Computer Science

Abstract

The University of Birmingham will continue to be acknowledged as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. This status builds upon the high quality research already taking place at the University. It will provide additional resources to support further activities for raising the profile of the research group and ensuring the effectiveness of its impact on the cyber security landscape in the UK and internationally.

Planned Impact

Impact for existing and future research will be achieved by creating new routes for dissemination. These methods for engagement include conferences, workshops, visits, and invited speakers at the seminar and distinguished lectures series. Additionally, the quality of our research will be enhanced by these routes and the facilitation of further connections in the field across academia, industry and government.
 
Title Cyber security awareness month campaign 
Description Social Media campaign for Cyber security awareness month 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Increased engagement and awareness online. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=defYa77Dw8w
 
Title Cyber security awareness month campaign 
Description Video produced for a social media campaign for cyber security awareness month. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Increased engagement and awareness. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWRT_TnEQdM
 
Title Launch Event Video 
Description Summary video of the launch event that captures the aim of the event and the main guests/speakers present. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact This video has been used to promote collaborations with other partners through social media. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3daFpdrkiow&feature=emb_title
 
Title Quest video campaign 
Description A video produced for the University's quest campaign 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Video features researchers from the Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy talking about: How can we stay safe from hackers in the era of 'smart products'? 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDCCNuAjW5s&t=
 
Title Video Animation 
Description A video animation showcasing the findings of our research and its impact on industry. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Was used in business engagement events and social media to attract industry collaboration. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2gHjZcj2wc
 
Description The project doesn't support research directly, but supports the development of our ACE-CSR. The funding has facilitated, among other activities, an ongoing Security Seminar Series with invited speakers. This includes academics from other ACE-CSRs, academics from other institutions both in the UK and internationally, as well as researchers from industry. The ACE-CSR recognition has recently been renewed following submission of further evidence and internally the University has supported the establishing of a Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy to promote interdisciplinarity and enhance opportunities for engagement and impact. We have also contributed to various public fora, such as the New Statesman review of cyber security, and the British Science Festival, and Pint of Science.
 
Description (FutureTPM) - Future Proofing the Connected World: A Quantum-Resistant Trusted Platform Module
Amount € 4,868,890 (EUR)
Funding ID 779391 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description SIPP - Secure IoT Processor Platform with Remote Attestation
Amount £1,294,888 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S030867/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 08/2022
 
Description User-controlled hardware security anchors: evaluation and designs
Amount £486,082 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R012598/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2023
 
Title StatVerif 
Description A software tool to verify the security properties of protocols. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Take up by other researchers 
URL https://sec.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/StatVerif/
 
Description Google Asylo 
Organisation Google
Department Research at Google
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Disclosed vulnerabilities. Found instances of the problematic [user_check] attribute that lacked proper pointer validation, leaving critical vulnerabilities in the compiled enclave
Collaborator Contribution -
Impact Improved security of products.
Start Year 2019
 
Description INTEL-SA-00289 
Organisation Intel Corporation
Department Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Vulnerabilities disclosed. CVE-2019-11157
Collaborator Contribution -
Impact Improved security of products.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Intel SGX-SDK 
Organisation Intel Corporation
Department Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Disclosed vulnerabilities, CVE-2018-3626 and CVE-2019-14565.
Collaborator Contribution -
Impact Improved security of product.
Start Year 2019
 
Description L-3 TRL 
Organisation L3 TRL Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration on Secure Cloud-based Collaboration Platform
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on Secure Cloud-based Collaboration Platform
Impact Discussion and meetings Ongoing research partnership Solutions for key management and data processing in the cloud
Start Year 2014
 
Description Microsoft Open Enclave 
Organisation Microsoft Research
Department Microsoft Research Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Disclosed Vulnerabilities. CVE-2019-0876, CVE-2019-1369,and CVE-2019-1370.
Collaborator Contribution -
Impact Improved security of products.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Centre Launch Event 
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 University of Birmingham brought together experts in cyber security and privacy to learn from each other and work on solutions to a range of challenges, including protecting essential systems from cyber-attacks and preserving our privacy in a world of quantum computing.

The event featured expert speakers from academia, industry and government, who spoke on the thematic areas of infrastructure and embedded systems, post-quantum cryptography, the changing nature of security and privacy in society and the cyber security skills gap.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/centre-for-cyber-security-and-privacy/news/2019/new-centre-for...
 
Description Interviewed for article featured in the Chronicles of Higher Education 
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 changing perception of offensive cyber research and demonstrating its benefits to industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.chronicle.com/paid-article/Hack-ademics-prepare-us/291