Cyber Security @ Heriot-Watt University
Cyber Security Research
Cyber security research takes place across the Department of Computer Science's three research areas: Intelligent Systems, Interaction, and Rigorous Systems. In particular, there are cyber security research activities taking place in several of our research groups.
- The Complex Systems Laboratory's cyber security activities primarily relate to the use of machine learning for cyber security data analysis.
- The PUMA lab's cyber security activities focus on the personalisation of privacy with particular emphasis on pervasive systems.
- The Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies (ITT) group's cyber security activities primarily relate to usable security and privacy.
- The Dependable Systems (DS) group's cyber security activities primarily relate to system safety and security.
- The Ultra group's cyber security activities primarily relate to software security.
Current Research Projects -- Rigorous Systems ("Safety & Security")
- Border Patrol: Improving Smart Device Security through Type-Aware Systems Design
- Description: The goal is to make the design of hardware systems, and in particular smart devices, resilient against hidden malicious functionality by ensuring that devices only do what is expected of them. It combines state-of-the-art advances in type theory and compiler technology, and applies them to hardware design.
- Investigators: Wim Vanderbauwhede (Glasgow), Sven-Bodo Scholz, Nobuko Yoshida (Imperial), Chris Fensch
- Funding: EPSRC, as part of the Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy call.
- The Integration and Interaction of Multiple Mathematical Reasoning Processes
- Description: This EPSRC Platform Grant underpins a broad range of basic and applied research. For example, two current feasibility projects are investigating the modelling and automatic discovery of system safety hazards at design time.
- Investigator: Andrew Ireland
- Researchers: Maria Teresa Llano (Goldsmiths, University of London), Rajiv Murali
- Funding: EPSRC
- Secure system analysis
- Blockchain & cryptocurrencies
- Security and privacy of cloud computing
Current Research Projects -- Interaction ("Usable Security")
- Secure and usable payment systems for mobile devices
- Online security and people with autism
- Impact of Gamification on Developer-Centred Security
Current Research Projects -- Intelligent Systems ("Data-Driven Security")
- Community and Trust in Crisis Management
- Description: The aim of the project is to allow decision makers in crisis management to quickly access the information they need to make timely decisions by focussing on two factors: how can the data be automatically retrieved from multiple incompatible data sources (data matching/integration) and how can the decision maker know how reliable it is (provenance). This project will produce a system that automatically discovers data according to specific queries that is both relevant (closely aligns semantically with the query) and reliable (aligns with the provenance models of the querier) and ranks these responses according to likely usefulness (combination of relevance and reliability).
- Investigators: Fiona McNeill, Paolo Missier (Newcastle), Jeremy Bryans (Coventry)
- Researchers: Diana Bental, Jannetta Steyn (Newcastle)
- Funder: Office of Naval Research
- Insider threat detection modeling
- Behaviour-based malware detection with machine learning
Cyber Security Teaching
We offer both an MSc degree or a Diploma in Network Security that can be taken either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) in our Edinburgh, UK, or Dubai campuses.
In addition, a selection of our cyber security courses/modules can be taken as part of your studies towards a MSc Data Science, MSc Software Engineering, MSc Information Technology (Software Systems), or MSc Computer Systems Management degree.