New international effort to tackle cyber crime


A new international plan to tackle cyber crime has been launched Queen’s University Belfast.

The new research roadmap has been developed by leading international cyber security researchers along with industry and government experts who gathered for Second World Cyber Security Summit at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s in March.

More than 80 invited participants from around the world attended the event. They included Chief Scientific Advisor from the UK Home Office – Professor Bernard Silverman, Cyber Security Division Director of US Homeland Security – Dr Douglas Maughan, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Labs – Eugene Kaspersky, Director of Innovation, Connected Energy Networks Cisco – Barbara Fraser, and Raj Samani, CTO, EMEA, McAfee.

Now available online, the summit report contains strategic recommendations under four main research themes critical to the on-going creation of cyber security defences.

The collective strategy includes the following elements:

Adaptive Cyber Security Technologies – using ‘big data’ in adaptive techniques and harnessing nature-inspired mechanisms to provide faster response and provide hi-fidelity detection

The Protection of Smart Utility Grids – Smart Meter as a Platform (SMaaP), standardisation of smart meters, their platforms, authentication protocols and sensing technologies; the mitigation of realistic threat scenarios

Security of Mobile platforms and applications – investigating common policies and technologies that can be applied to all components in the mobile architecture and focusing on trust models, authentication and application certification

Multi-faceted approach to cyber security research – studying social norms and user behaviour to exploit opportunities for cross cutting research based around ownership, identity, privacy and measuring trust.

CSIT Principal Investigator, Professor John McCanny, said: “The success of the inaugural 2011 World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit is reflected in the fact that even more of the biggest names in global cyber security attended this year’s event.

“The annual summit is unique in that it brings together cyber security experts, researchers and government policy makers from around the world for two days to identify, map out and ultimately combat the biggest threats to online security.

“Ultimately our objective is to help make the Internet of tomorrow a safe and secure platform which is vital for global economic growth and societal development.”


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