Electric vehicles are now a regular sight in daily life, not just in private hands but in ever more public roles as well - logistics, public transport, even emergency vehicles. What is not seen is a substantial increase in the complexity of systems behind the scenes. Transportation is already a part of critical infrastructure but with electric mobility it intertwines with other critical areas, such as smart metering, distributed energy storage, grid stabilisation, electricity markets and mobile payments. As such its importance is expected to be greater than ever before. In the past, vehicle security was haunted by legacy problems, but with the emergence of this new wave of electric mobility comes an opportunity to ensure it has dependable security from an early stage. Our research identifies security vulnerabilities and countermeasures in the electric mobility ecosystem, from the vehicles and physical infrastructure to the supporting systems that work in the background.
Space systems are undergoing a renaissance, as costs fall and accessibility increases. For years, satellite networks have delivered vital infrastructure services such as GNSS, communication capabilities to aircraft and marine vessels, and public broadcasting worldwide. But these costly deployments are being joined by a range of new systems. Megaconstellations are being launched at scales previously never imagined and offering a novel range of services with global reach. Meanwhile, the use of commodity technologies in cubesats and access to ride-sharing launches mean that satellite infrastructure is becoming available to small organisations with limited budgets. As a result, a growing ecosystem of interlinked services and technologies is developing as the New Space industry - along with renewed concerns about security in this emerging frontier. Our work studies where vulnerabilities lie in space systems and what can be done to prevent them. We also seek to understand how existing security models must change in the face of technological developments, in order to ensure that future space systems have a reliable security footing.
Internet of Things
In our group, we work on solutions to secure the entire life cycle of IoT devices. This includes making sure that you can be certain that you are talking to the correct device and that the information you are getting from the device is correct.
Malware and Network Security
Members of the Malware and Network Security team analyse the use of malware and its requisite network forensic footprint. It ranges from detection of malware using network traffic to analyses of typical network monitoring setups, such as Security Operations Centres.