The Information Security Group (ISG) has been recognized by EPSRC and GCHQ as one of eight Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research in the United Kingdom. The ISG was founded by a group of mathematicians and computer scientists with interests in cryptography, and research in this area remains an important part of the ISG's activities. The group has expertise in cryptanalysis, combinatorial cryptography, provable security and message authentication codes.
The Smart Card Centre (SCC) has been part of the ISG since 2002. It began as a collaboration between academia and industry, originally attracting funding from Vodafone and Giesecke & Devrient. The research of the centre is concerned with smart cards, smart tokens, and the associated systems and applications.
The ISG also conducts research into socio-technical and organisational aspects of information security, two broad and rapidly expanding disciplines that include many topics of crucial importance to the science of cyber security, with particular interests in privacy, consent and human engagement with security protocols. The group also has interests in the economics of information security.
The research of the ISG has a strong focus on the security of systems and technologies, including the foundations of trust and security (such as key management infrastructures, identity management, trusted computing, malware analysis and intrusion detection), and the development of secure, large-scale applications and systems (such as workflow management systems, mobile telephone networks, computational grids and critical national infrastructure).
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution