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City University London tackles cyber security threats with cross-disciplinary research centre

City University London has launched a cross-disciplinary Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences, bringing together expertise from around the University to tackle the growing threats posed by cyber terrorism and cyber crime.
by Luke Nava

City University London has launched a cross-disciplinary Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences, bringing together expertise from around the University to tackle the growing threats posed by cyber terrorism and cyber crime.

The Centre will unite researchers from an array of backgrounds - including information, network and physical security, cryptography, software reliability and systems science - to examine the complex cyber security landscape and the threats posed by both state-sponsored terrorism and organised crime.

"As the world moves rapidly and irreversibly towards web-based government, infrastructure, commerce, retail, banking and social activity, we have inadvertently introduced more effective, easier and low cost paths through which societies can be attacked," says Dr Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, a Reader in Information Security Systems at City.

"The University has many specialists in this area with experience of both advising governments and industry and researching the latest trends. The new Centre will coordinate these efforts for the first time and enable us to address a wider range of cyber security threats."

The launch of the Centre coincides with the start of The Uncertainty of Identity research project. This will examine the ways in which a person's real identity can be linked to their virtual identity, hence addressing some of the issues faced by the Government in protecting critical national information infrastructures from cyber attacks.

City will collaborate with the Home Office, University College London and the University of St Andrews on the project, which has been funded with £1.2 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), of which City will receive £450,000.

Other City research in the field includes: developing sensors to detect the pheromones emitted by potential criminals and terrorists; assessing the vulnerability of the European Railway Traffic Management System on behalf of the UK railway industry; and consultancy and research for HM Government security agencies on patterns of cyber terrorism and cyber crime, using sophisticated and novel simulation and modelling techniques.

Further information about the Centre is available at http://www.city.ac.uk/engineering-maths/research/cross-discipline-centres-and-groups/centre-for-cyber-and-security-sciences.

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