2012 NEWS ARCHIVES

12/12/2012: Five minutes with - PhD Student Antonio Munoz
Antonio Munoz carried out his PhD research at CSIT
Antonio Munoz carried out his PhD research at CSIT

PhD recruitment for projects beginning in September 2013 has started at CSIT.  You can find out more information about available projects in our PhD area here.

Research projects include:

  • Novel Application of Advanced Machine Learning Techniques for use in Side Channel Analysis Attacks

To find out what it is like to carry out research here at CSIT we continue with our series of featured PhD students.

This week we talk to Antonio Munoz who carried out research on High Performance Platform Independent Content Analysis for Network Processing while based at CSIT.

Read Antonio's full profile here.

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07/12/2012: We're hiring - Academics & 2 Senior Engineers for H/W design and Test Network
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Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Network/Malware Security, Ref: 12/102382

To undertake research in the area of Network/Malware Security within CSIT in line with its research strategy, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students across the School, and to contribute to School administration/outreach activity. The major duties listed below describe the type of work which may be required of the successful applicant(s) in order to accomplish this. The specific duties of the appointee(s) will be agreed with the Director of CSIT and the Head of School.

Senior Engineer - Test Network, Ref: 12/102383

To further develop, manage and commercialise the CSIT Test Network as a major cyber security test facility in the UK. Support research staff in conducting experimental studies using the test network, contribute to the development of network security tools, and undertake knowledge transfer activities with industrial partners. Support inward investment, assist both indigenous and multi-national companies in all aspects of relevant research, technology transfer, and economic development.

Senior Engineer - Hardware Design, Ref: 12/102384

To play a major role in the management and expansion of research and development in information and network security systems that will have a direct economic impact and benefit to CSIT, including the raising of funding from industry and major government sources (nationally and internationally). To develop international links and work closely with industry and government agencies. This includes supporting inward investment and supporting both indigenous and multi-national companies in all aspects of research and technology transfer, industrial and economic development. To undertake research, design and research-support activities in information and network security systems.

Click here for full information and to apply.

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19/11/2012: ECIT's Prof Vincent Fusco awarded prestigious 2012 Mountbatten Medal
Prof Fusco signing the Medalists Album after receiving the prestigious 2012 Mountbatten Medal
Prof Fusco signing the Medalists Album after receiving the prestigious 2012 Mountbatten Medal

Professor Vincent Fusco, Research Director of High Frequency Electronics at Queen’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), has been awarded the Mountbatten Medal for outstanding, dedicated, lifetime leadership in establishing the field of active antenna technology for advanced wireless applications, and for his seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of self-tracking antennas and non-linear phase conjugating surfaces.

The Mountbatten Medal celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution, over a period, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application that benefits the UK and was presented to him at the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture which took place on Thursday 15 November 2012 at the IET London: Savoy Place.

Professor Fusco’s work has provoked step change developments in high data rate wireless communications and has influenced many programmes in both industry and academia worldwide. This has impacted upon the development of low cost self-aligning satellite communications terminals for next generation mobile broadband internet.

Speaking after receiving the award Prof Fusco said: “I am deeply honoured and humbled that the IET have awarded me the 2012 Mountbatten Medal. It is recognition of career achievements in the important topic of microwave wireless communications, a key economic driver for mobile radio systems. Many of these achievements would not have been possible without the help of research colleagues and students; I would like to thank them also.”

Suzanne Flynn FIET, Chair of the Awards and Prizes Committee of the IET said: “The IET is proud to award the Mountbatten Medal in collaboration with the British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Fusco, of Queen’s University Belfast, a pioneer researcher and talented communicator, is a very worthy winner and joins an illustrious list of recipients which includes Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Hermann Hauser and IET President, Professor Andy Hopper.”

Commenting on the award Professor John McCanny, Director of the ECIT Institute said “The award of the Mountbatten Medal by the Institution of Engineering and Technology reflects the many outstanding and pioneering contributions that Professor Fusco has made in the field of Microwave and Millimetre wave technology. This includes his research on self-tracking antennae that has resulted in a new class of communication systems that ensure reliable wireless communications in difficult propagation environments and his research on semiconductor based antennas that are world-leading in terms of the performance they have achieved.”

“This is also a very fitting tribute to the very high calibre research team that he leads here at Queen’s. His work is being used by major companies world-wide. These include Infineon Technologies (Austria), OMMIC (France) and by the European Space Agency. It has also led to the creation of two new spin-out companies here at the Northern Ireland Science Park, creating economic and employment opportunities locally”

Presentation of the Mountbatten Medal to Prof Fusco and the following Lecture are available to view online here: http://scpro.streamuk.com/uk/player/?g=d022168

 

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16/11/2012: GCHQ CSIT PhD Studentship in the Novel Application of Advanced Machine Learning Techniques for use in Side Channel Analysis Attacks
CSIT is a GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research
CSIT is a GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham has agreed in principle to sponsor a PhD/Doctoral Studentship at The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in the area of Novel Application of Advanced Machine Learning Techniques for use in Side Channel Analysis Attacks. 

This GCHQ-sponsored PhD studentship provides funding for 3.5 years and commences on 31 September 2013 with a proposed end date of March/April 2017. GCHQ will cover the costs of university fees and will provide an annual stipend to the student corresponding to the National Minimum Stipend (currently £13,590 per annum) plus an additional sum of £7,000 per annum (both tax free). For comparison this is equivalent to approx. £26,555 annual salary. A further £5k of funding will also be available per annum for travel to conferences, collaborative partners, and GCHQ visits.

The studentship is only open to UK nationals and the successful candidate will be required to spend in the region of 2 - 4 weeks per year at GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham. To be considered for this studentship, candidates must therefore be prepared to undergo GCHQ's security clearance procedures.

More information on this exceptional opportunity is available here.

 

GCHQ ACE CSR 800  

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12/11/2012: Five minutes with - PhD Student Colin Burgess
Colin Burgess is a PhD Student working in the Network Security Systems group of CSIT
Colin Burgess is a PhD Student working in the Network Security Systems group of CSIT

We will shortly be launching recruitment to our PhD Studentships beginning in September 2013. To help potential applicants find out a little more about what CSIT is like as a place to carry out research we will be running a series of profile pieces on current and past PhD students.

This week we begin with Colin Burgess who is carrying out research on "Detection of packed executables to reveal hidden malware" with our Network Security Systems group.

Read the full profile here.

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08/11/2012: Queen’s and Lancaster in new bid to tackle £billions lost to cyber-crime
Dr Godfrey Gaston, Director of CSIT
Dr Godfrey Gaston, Director of CSIT

Experts in the UK’s largest cyber security research lab at Queen’s University Belfast are joining forces with their colleagues in Lancaster University to wage a new war on the type of cyber crime which is costing the UK at least £27bn a year.

The new partnership between Queen’s and Lancaster will produce the UK’s biggest ever group of creative and innovative cyber security researchers.

Currently, the economic cost of cyber crime globally is estimated to be between $250 billion to $1 trillion per year, while the UK cyber crime total is made up of £21bn of costs to businesses, £2.2bn to government and £3.1bn to citizens.

Addressing the serious lack of highly qualified cyber security personnel will be one of the main aims of the new collaboration between the universities, both of which have been declared Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

The new alliance, which has been formalised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, will also share resources, ideas, knowledge and discoveries in the fast-moving research field. Experts will address some of the key threats to security, including responding to unanticipated cyber threats, securing mobile and embedded infrastructures, coping with the fluid nature of online identity, cyber security behaviours and secure communications.

The work at Queen’s will take place in its Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research and an innovation and knowledge centre (IKC). Staff at the centre have already pioneered the Internet Traffic and Content Analysis engine (ITACA), a software and hardware platform for real-time analysis of IP network traffic links and lightweight Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), the next generation of anti-counterfeiting technology.

Speaking about the opportunities arising as a result of the new partnership, Dr Godfrey Gaston, Director of CSIT, said: “At CSIT we are solving some of the world’s biggest cyber security challenges of both the present and the future, as well as creating a dynamic environment that fosters entrepreneurship. It is core to our thinking that research needs to be multi-disciplinary and is informed by industry to ensure maximum potential for impact on commercialisation and implementation. This new partnership will complement our expertise and open up new opportunities for our industrial partners in terms of technology and access to an even broader cyber security research base.”

Over the last decade Lancaster University has made significant contributions in security research, from tackling online crime to the impact of domestic violence and abuse in vulnerable groups and helping eye witnesses in interview settings.

Lancaster University’s new centre dedicated to security and protection science called Security Lancaster was opened this October by the former Minister for State Security and Counter Terrorism The Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG.

Professor Awais Rashid is Co-Director of Security Lancaster. He said: "Cyber security is an area that presents major challenges to the security of the UK and the world. Currently, there is a serious lack of highly qualified cyber security personnel and this skill gap is widening at a fast pace given the increasing number and variety of cyber threats aimed at individuals, organisations and infrastructures. This is an exciting partnership that will enable us to develop future leaders in cyber security - not only capable for world class research but also able to play a leading role in in industry and policy-making bodies."

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05/11/2012: Cyber Security research to benefit from QUB's new £140m fundraising campaign
Professor Sakir Sezer - Director of Research for Network Security Systems at CSIT
Professor Sakir Sezer - Director of Research for Network Security Systems at CSIT
Professor John McCanny - Principal Investigator at CSIT
Professor John McCanny - Principal Investigator at CSIT

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) and it cyber security research is set to benefit from an ambitious £140m fundraising campaign by Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson. The campaign is dedicated to helping Queen’s provide the ultimate student experience and address some of the greatest challenges facing society today.

Making the announcement Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “The new fundraising campaign is an ambitious goal to raise £140m to provide the ultimate student experience and to invest in those areas in which we globally excel. It is a campaign that will allow Queen’s to continue to make its disproportionate contribution to the success of Northern Ireland. From cybersecurity to the humanities, and from food science to medicine, Queen’s impact and influence on society is exceptional.

Our vision is to establish a global innovation hub in cyber security, making Queen’s the world’s leading centre for secure technology, research and development.

We are well on our way to creating our own Silicon Valley in Northern Ireland. In 2008 our Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology was chosen to host the UK’s National Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

This unique environment encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate cyber security solutions and their commercial application. CSIT hosts the annual Global Cyber Security Summit, organised around the Centre’s key research themes of securing cloud computing, transport corridors, smart energy grids and financial markets.

Based at the Northern Ireland Science Park, in Titanic Quarter, this flagship Centre has helped attract over 100 high-tech FDI and start-up companies employing more than 2,000 people and is evidence of the wider economic benefits to be gained from translating science into business. Multinational partners include Cisco, IBM, McAfee and QinetiQ, whilst new ventures such as Titan IC Systems and LamhRoe will seek to emulate the success of earlier Queen’s spin-out companies including Amphion and APT. It is fitting that just a few yards away is the dry dock where Titanic was built. The engineering skills of yesterday have given way to those of the future.

Investment in these new technologies here in Belfast will foster greater international collaboration with leading institutes in the USA, South Korea, India and Europe. International issues require international solutions and the global innovation hub at CSIT will have a unique focus on blue sky and industrial research projects.

To find out more about our fundraising in this area please contact the CSIT Commercial Team.

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01/11/2012: First Investors in People Awards for ECIT and Queen’s
Investors in People assessor highlighted the excellent opportunities for learning and growth at ECIT
Investors in People assessor highlighted the excellent opportunities for learning and growth at ECIT

Queen’s has received its first Investors in People Awards which acknowledge good practice in the management and development of staff.

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), where the Centre for Secure Information Technologies is based, and the Human Resources Directorate are the first departments within Queen’s to receive the nationally recognised award.

Investors in People is a framework, or set of standards, based on improving how people contribute to the achievement of organisational objectives – it is about effective management and development of staff.

Both areas have been working towards the achievement independently and were assessed separately with intensive on-site visits from external assessors.

Through meetings with a cross-section of staff from the two teams, management presentations and analysis of supporting records, the assessors were satisfied that the appropriate level of good practice in the management and development of staff was being demonstrated in each department.

In Human Resources, the assessor noted the enthusiasm and professionalism with which staff spoke about their roles, the pride shown those working for the Directorate and Queen’s, and the focus on HR services provided and in working with each other.

Sean McGuickin, Director of Human Resources, said: “It is particularly pleasing that this award recognises that managers are effective in leading, managing and developing people and that all staff are supported with their learning and development.”

In ECIT, the assessor highlighted the excellent opportunities for learning and growth, the growing sense of teamwork and the fact that staff were very focused, felt valued and recognised, and were very committed.

Commenting on the awards, Prof John McCanny ECIT Director and CSIT Principal Investigator said: “This is the manifestation of the hard work and dedication by all here at the Research Institute, since opening in 2004, to foster an environment where teamwork and commitment is rewarded and is key to achieving the very challenging targets we set for ourselves.”

"We set up ECIT with the aim of being a truly internationally leading Research Institute focused on tackling much bigger, more ambitious advanced technology challenges than is traditionally the case in a university setting. That position can only be retained and built upon by recruiting, developing and retaining world leading researchers, academics, engineers and support staff in a very competitive global marketplace. This award will help us to do that."

"We will not be complacent, however, and will continue to review our performance and take the necessary action to ensure ECIT continues to grow and deliver ground breaking research of widespread benefit to the economy as is evidenced, for example, by the growth in numbers of people working at the Institute and the growth in high technology business that has and is occurring on the Northern Ireland Science Park."

If any other departments would like to learn from the experiences of ECIT and Human Resources, the contact points are: Francis Guinane, Training and Development Manager, Human Resources and Lesley Moreland in ECIT.

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31/10/2012: We're hiring - Commercial Bid Manager

Lead the development and submission of bids for public and private sector contracts as part of ECIT (www.ecit.qub.ac.uk) and CSIT (www.csit.qub.ac.uk) business development activity, including ownership of opportunity alert and proposal writing process. The successful candidate will also coordinate delivery of commercial executive training programs at CSIT.

Closing date - 2nd November 2012

Click here for full information and to apply.

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10/10/2012: Request a meeting with CSIT at IP Expo 2012
CSIT are on stand E17 at IP EXPO 17-18 October 2012
CSIT are on stand E17 at IP EXPO 17-18 October 2012

CSIT is attending, exhibiting and taking meetings at IP Expo 2012 in Earls Court, London 17 - 18 October.  

You can find us on Stand E17.

We will be showcasing breakthrough cyber security technology research and seeking to engage with new commercial partners.

If you wish to request a meeting with CSIT at Infosecurity please provide your details below and we will get back to you to confirm.

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29/08/2012: Cookie law - will it rumble or crumble?
Cookie notice
Cookie notice

The latest bit of EU legislation aims to protect the privacy of anyone visiting UK-owned websites by notifying them of cookie usage – but it is also impairing the website experience and jeopardising revenue opportunities, its critics are claiming.

"There may, of course, be unforeseen consequences of the enforcement of this legislation, but, in my opinion, the really big issue [is] 'consent'," says Dr Rosi Armstrong, researcher at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in an article published in the current issue of The IET's Engineering and Technology Magazine

"The point of the European Commission (EC) updating this legislation was to tackle the issue of the use of third-party cookies to track Web users across multiple websites [and serve them relevant but unrequested adverts]."

However, the EU's decision to legislate for all cookies, including 'first-party' cookies, which do have many legitimate and useful purposes, has led to much industry outcry, says Armstrong; so, as the UK was obligated to bring the directive into force, it has, she suggests, mitigated the impact of the legislation to satisfy industry by allowing 'implicit' consent to the use of cookie.

Read the full article on the Engineering and Technology Magazine website here.

Dr Rosi Armstrong is a researcher in CSIT's Network Security Systems research group. Find out more about the work of the Network Security Systems research group on the CSIT webiste here.

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01/08/2012: CSIT Research takes centre stage at Royal Society Event
Dr Simon Cotton, Lecturer at CSIT, demonstrates his latest work on body centric communications
Dr Simon Cotton, Lecturer at CSIT, demonstrates his latest work on body centric communications
Dr Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills delivers his speech at the event
Dr Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills delivers his speech at the event

Research produced by Dr Simon Cotton, Lecturer at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), and colleagues took centre stage at the recent “UK research: building bridges, building prosperity” event held at The Royal Society, London. The event, jointly organised by the Royal Society, Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering, featured Dr Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responses from Roland Aurich, the UK CEO of Siemens, and Paul Nurse.

Only eight institutions were invited to showcase their research at the event. The fact that Queen’s University Belfast’s CSIT was one of the two institutions invited by the Royal Academy of Engineering is testament to the quality of the research carried out at the Centre.

Dr Cotton used the event as an opportunity to demonstrate his latest work on body centric communications and how the research is already being adopted for use in commercial products for the real-time localisation market. He commented “It was a great honour to be invited to such a prestigious event organised by some of the UK’s leading Academies and being able to show case some of the cutting-edge research being conducted in CSIT as well as our strong links with Industry.”

Dr Cotton added “It was also nice to be able to demonstrate some of the entrepreneurial aspirations of the Institute, through the promotion of QUB/CSIT spin out company ACT Wireless of which I am a co-founder especially in the context of a meeting of so many prominent figures such as the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable.”

Speaking about the event Prof. William Scanlon, Director of Research, Digital Communications Cluster said “This event highlighted the link between world leading research and its transformational impact on our society and our economy. I am therefore delighted that the Royal Academy of Engineering chose Dr Cotton’s research on wireless communications as an exemplar for this event.”

More information on the “UK research: building bridges, building prosperity” event can be found on the Royal Society website here: http://royalsociety.org/events/2012/uk-research/

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11/07/2012: CSIT publishes cyber security research roadmap following global summit
Belfast 2012: World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Report
Belfast 2012: World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Report

Leading international cyber security research, industry and government experts have come together to develop a research roadmap aimed at identifying the key challenges that need to be addressed to combat future threats to global cyber security.

Their recommendations have just been published in a report on the Second World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit hosted recently in Belfast by The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research.

More than 80 invited participants from around the world attended the event. They included Professor Bernard Silverman, chief scientific advisor, UK Home Office, Dr Douglas Maughan, cyber security division director, US Homeland Security, Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO, Kaspersky Labs, Barbara Fraser, director, innovation, connected energy networks, Cisco 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.

Queen’s University Professor John McCanny, CSIT Principal Investigator, 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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Notes to editors

Copies of the Second World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Report are available online at http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk/Belfast2012

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09/07/2012: CSIT becomes research partner of Infosecurity Ireland
CSIT: Infosecurity Ireland Member
CSIT: Infosecurity Ireland Member

Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dublin, Ireland – 9 July 2012:

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research has today announced that it has become a research partner of Infosecurity Ireland. CSIT is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park. InfoSecurity Ireland is a networking group promoting interaction with technology firms, research institutes, academia and government.

“As part of CSIT’s internationalisation strategy, we have an objective to build links with security networks in other regions” said Philip Mills, Business Development Manager at CSIT. “We already work closely with a number of research and commercial groups in Ireland, and we look forward to extending that collaboration through the structures and opportunities provided by Infosecurity Ireland”.

“The ISI was formed to bring indigenous and Irish-based multinational companies together with research institutes, third level colleges and affiliates” said Aisling Foley, Marketing Director, ISI. “Membership has trebled this year so far, and CSIT at Queens University brings total membership by Irish Research Institutes’ to 70%.”

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About CSIT

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research, is a new innovation and knowledge centre (IKC) based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park. CSIT has been awarded “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” status by the UK’s GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Bringing together research specialists in complementary fields such as data encryption, network security systems, wireless enabled security systems, video analytics and intelligent surveillance technology, CSIT creates the security infrastructure needed to safeguard the trustworthiness of information stored electronically, both at home and in the workplace. http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk

About Infosecurity Ireland

Infosecurity Ireland promotes Ireland as a natural centre-of-excellence for information security and data governance. It is supported by Enterprise Ireland and has partnerships with technology firms, academia and government. ISI founding members are Daon, NetFort Technologies, Detica NetReveal, PixAlert, VigiTrust, Vordel. http://www.infosecurityireland.org

For further information, please contact:

David Crozier – CSIT Technical Marketing Manager - Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 1700

Aisling Foley - marketing[at]infosecurityireland.org

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28/06/2012: McAfee membership of The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to drive security innovation
Stephen Wray from CSIT and Raj Samani from McAfee
CSIT Commercial Director, Stephen Wray and Raj Samani, Chief Technology Officer for McAfee EMEA

Belfast and London – 28 June 2012:

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research has today announced that McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, has become a Full Member and official partner. CSIT is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park.

Firm believers in the 'Open Innovation' model, CSIT recognises the importance of having appropriate partners to help shape and direct its research agenda so that it is market informed and has strong impact.

In addition to Full Membership of CSIT, McAfee has also committed to sponsoring top-up awards for two PhD studentships in CSIT’s Network Security Systems group starting in October 2012. This research will focus on analysis and detection of highly obfuscated malware and advanced IP traffic mining and forensics technologies for network and information security.

Raj Samani, VP, Chief Technology Officer for McAfee EMEA, commenting said “Innovation remains a core foundation of our work at McAfee, and subsequently we welcome this opportunity to participate in the work CSIT are conducting to identify and develop emerging technologies in the cyberspace.”

“Having McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, join us as a member and help inform our research roadmap will really add a significant dimension to our ability to break new ground in the development of future generations of network and data security systems.” said Stephen Wray, Commercial Director for The Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen's University Belfast.

"As well as enabling McAfee to inform our research, CSIT membership also provides access to the results of that research. We will be working with McAfee in the months and years ahead to look at technical challenges in cyber security as well as how our knowledge and IP can be exploited commercially.”

McAfee, as a full member of CSIT, will be able to leverage up to £30 million of research and knowledge transfer services, favourable IP exploitation and will have the ability to influence the direction of the research within the centre through its seat on the Industrial Advisory Board.

Find out more about the benefits of collaborating with CSIT here: http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk/CollaboratewithCSIT/

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About McAfee

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by its unrivalled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee is relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com

About CSIT

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research, is a new innovation and knowledge centre (IKC) based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park. CSIT has been awarded “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” status by the UK’s GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Bringing together research specialists in complementary fields such as data encryption, network security systems, wireless enabled security systems, video analytics and intelligent surveillance technology, CSIT creates the security infrastructure needed to safeguard the trustworthiness of information stored electronically, both at home and in the workplace. http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk

Media contact:

David Crozier - CSIT Technical Marketing Manager

+44 (0) 28 9097 1700

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18/05/2012: McCanny IAE-Intel lecture “Research and Innovation – Successful Models for Economic Impact” transcript now online

Professor John V McCanny
Professor John V McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT) delivered a lecture entitled ‘Research & Innovation: Successful Models for Economic Impact’ on 21st of February at Queen’s University Belfast as part of the The Irish Academy of Engineering-Intel Lecture Series on Research and Innovation.

The lecture focused on the activities at ECIT as the NI Science Park’s research flagship and the models used to accelerate the translation of innovative research into business opportunity and application. These models include ECIT’s unique approach to bridging the gap between leading edge academic research on the one hand, and new advanced technology and business opportunities on the other. 

In closing the lecture Professor McCanny said “When I was asked present this invitation lecture I was very enthusiastic to do so as I felt that what is highlighted is very strongly consistent with our experiences here at Queen’s in the creation of ECIT and CSIT.  I believe what we have done has been to create a novel “Open Innovation Model” where there is much stronger coupling of academic and industrial research than is the norm.”  

The transcript of the lecture and accompanying slides are now available to download from our website here:

 

IAE Intel Lecture  

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18/05/2012: Winning review of Prof McCanny lecture produced by QUB PhD student

Prof. John McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, presents the prize for the winning review of his lecture on ‘Research & Innovation: Successful Models for Economic Impact’ to Ms Teresa McGrath, a PhD student in Civil Engineering at QUB.
The Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) have announced that, following a competition, the winning review of Prof. John McCanny's lecture on 'Research & Innovation: Successful Models for Economic Impact’ (the third in the Intel Lecture Series on Engineering Research & Innovation, organised by the IAE) was written by Ms Teresa McGrath BE, MSc, a PhD student in Civil Engineering at Queen's University Belfast (QUB).

Teresa graduated in 2009 with a BE degree in Civil Engineering and subsequently qualified with a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from QUB. The review competition was open to undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering students from all Irish HEIs.

Teresa's winning submission earned her a prize of £200, presented by Prof. McCanny, on behalf of the IAE. Teresa's review will be published in the May/June issue of the Engineers' Journal.  
The submission can be downloaded on the ECIT website here: 


A full transcript of the lecture is available on the ECIT website here.

The concluding event in the Intel Lecture Series will be a lecture from Prof. Henning Kagermann, President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) at 6.00 p.m. on Monday, 14th May 2012 in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, Belfield. The lecture, entitled "How the German National Academy of Science and Engineering contributes to Sustainable Growth through Research and Innovation", is open to the public.

Attendance is free, but registration is required here: IAE Intel Lecture Registration

 

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12/04/2012: Best RFID Thesis Award nomination for CSIT engineer
Farhan Khan, Engineer at CSIT who was nominated for Best RFID Thesis Award
Farhan Khan, Engineer at CSIT who was nominated for Best RFID Thesis Award
Farhan Khan, an engineer in The Centre for Secure Information Technologies’ (CSIT) Intelligent Surveillance Systems Group, has just returned from the prestigious RFID Journal Awards held in Florida, America in April 2012 where he was nominated for Best RFID Thesis Award for his research into the data fusion of PIR sensors and passive RFID-based occupancy monitoring to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions from buildings.

The new award category, "Best RFID Thesis," was introduced by the RFID Journal this year to reward excellence in academic research in the field of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).   Farhan’s thesis, produced while researching at the National University of Ireland's University College Cork, was titled "Do You Have Green Lights to Go?" and proposes efficient, need-based, and reliable control of lighting towards a green indoor environment, all while considering visual comfort of occupants.  The proposed approach provides an estimated 13% of electrical energy savings in one open-plan office of a University building.

Farhan faced stiff competition from ultimate winner Cecilia Occhiuzzi, of the University of Roma Tor Vergata, for her thesis, "Wearable and Implantable RFID Technology for Pervasive Healthcare: Human Identification and Sensing" and Qudoos Yousuf, of Leeds Metropolitan University, for his thesis, "RFID Tag Location and Tag Anti-Collision Using Spread Spectrum Technique".

On returning from the Awards Farhan said: “I was honoured to have been shortlisted for Best RFID Thesis by the RFID Journal and to be recognised for the quality of my research.  I am now building on the findings of my thesis here at The Centre for Secure Information Technologies and applying it to new areas through my work on projects such as the Intelligent Sensor Information System (ISIS) project.”

Dr David Linton, Principle Investigator and project leader of the £1.4M EPSRC ISIS project said: “I am delighted that Farhan was shortlisted for this award and is a reflection of his knowledge in this area. Since joining CSIT, Farhan has been able to apply many aspects of his research to engineering problems on the ISIS project which is part of our “Security convergence for transport corridors” Grand Challenge Programme.”

More information on CSIT’s Grand Challenge Programmes is available here: http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk/Research/GrandChallengeProgrammes/

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05/04/2012: Antenna Theory Award for ECIT Researchers at EuCAP 2012

The High Frequency Electronics Research Cluster (HFEC) of ECIT co-received the Antenna Theory Award of the 2012 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2012), which took place in Prague, Czech Republic, between 26-30 March 2012. The award was received for the paper:

M. García-Vigueras, P. DeLara-Guarch, J.L. Gómez-Tornero, R. Guzmán-Quirós, G. Goussetis, “Efficiently Illuminated Broadside-Directed 1D and 2D Tapered Fabry-Perot Leaky-Wave Antennas,” European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), 26-30 March 2012, Prague, Czech Republic which Dr. George Goussetis of HFEC co-authored in collaboration with the group of Dr. Jose-Luis  Gómez-Tornero in UPCT, Spain. Maria García-Vigueras has been a visiting researcher with the HFE cluster of ECIT during 2011 and again 2012.

EuCAP is the major Antenna and Propagation conference in Europe. The total number of papers received for EuCAP 2012 has been 1237 from 61 countries with the total participation of 3693 authors.

Further information on the work of the High Frequency Electronic Circuits Research Cluster of ECIT can be found online at www.ecit.qub.ac.uk/Research/HighFrequencyElectronicCircuits

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02/04/2012: UK more resilient to cyber attack thanks to Queen’s University researchers
CSIT Information Security Keyhole
Research by Queen’s University into making the UK more resilient to a cyber attack has been recognised through the award of an “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” status by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

One of only eight UK universities selected to become a Centre of Excellence, Queen’s will benefit the UK by:

  • Enhancing the UK’s cyber knowledge base through original research
  • Providing top quality graduates in the field of cyber security
  • Supporting GCHQ’s cyber defence mission
  • Driving up the level of innovation

Queen’s, as part of the award, will receive £50,000 to further develop its work in this area and along with the other seven Centres of Excellence will help make the UK government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber attack by extending knowledge and enhancing skills in cyber security. 

Responding to the announcement Queen’s University Professor John McCanny, CSIT Principal Investigator, said: “The Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s is delighted to have been awarded “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” status by GCHQ.  CSIT’s vision is to establish itself as a global thought leader in cyber security technologies by linking with industry, academia and government to combat emerging cyber threats, through the creation of innovative and world leading technology.  This award recognises the international quality of the research carried out at CSIT and its contribution and impact in ensuring the UK is a safe and secure place to do business.”

Minister for Cyber Security Francis Maude said: "We want to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business, by investing in the best expertise to keep pace with technological change. That is why promoting academic excellence is at the heart of the Government's Cyber Security Strategy. These first eight Centres will play a vital role in boosting research, expanding our cyber skills base and fostering innovation in the field."

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “Britain has one of the largest online economies in the world and a growing cyber security sector. Supporting universities to carry out more research and training skilled graduates to work in the cyber-security industry will help build further confidence in doing business online.

“There was strong competition among universities to be selected as a Centre of Excellence in cyber security research and I congratulate those who have been successful.”

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Media inquiries to Kevin Mulhern, Head of Communications and External Affairs, Queen’s University Belfast, 028 9097 3259 / 07813 015431 or k.mulhern@qub.ac.uk

Notes to editors

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is an innovation and knowledge centre based at Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the city’s Northern Ireland Science Park. CSIT creates the security infrastructure needed to safeguard the security of information stored electronically, both at home and in the workplace.

The eight Universities chosen as Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are:

  • University of Bristol
  • Imperial College London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London. 

These Centres will be the first to attain Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research status and will benefit from:

  • Closer collaboration with GCHQ, the UK Cyber Community and industry
  • Partnership endorsement in associated publications and prospectuses
  • Better understanding of Government and industrial cyber issues
  • Helping to formulate the future Cyber Security research agenda
  • Extra funding opportunities and £50,000 capital investment 

The scheme to recognise Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research is the first in a number of initiatives outlined in Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital World, the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy. The Strategy describes how Government is working with academia and industry to make the UK more resilient to cyber attacks. 

In other areas, GCHQ, BIS and RCUK are working together to advance the level of cyber education at all levels from GCSE through to post graduate research. Leading edge research initiatives are also being set up and funded by GCHQ and RCUK to strengthen capability in key areas. 

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16/03/2012: “Belfast Summit important in preventing Cyber World War” - Eugene Kaspersky
One of the world’s leading Internet security experts, Eugene Kaspersky, has described the World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit at Queen’s University Belfast as key in preventing a Cyber World War.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of the largest antivirus company in Europe, Kaspersky Lab, will be giving a keynote address at the second annual Cyber Security Technology Research Summit on Friday 16 March.

The cyber security guru is joining some of the world’s leading cyber security experts and government policy makers from around the world for a two-day meeting of minds to combat future threats to global cyber security.

The annual Summit, held at the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), Queen’s University - the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research, made headlines across the world when it was launched last year, and has attracted even more leading international experts in cyber security to this year’s Summit in Belfast.

Speaking ahead of the event, Eugene Kaspersky said: “For almost a decade I’ve been doing my best to attract the attention of governments and officials around the world to the imminent threat of cyber-war and cyber-terrorism and the need to prevent it - but with limited effect. The World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit at Queen’s is an excellent platform for getting the message across to those that count. This event is internationally important and significant as it addresses one of the most pressing issues of global security - cyber defence.

“We have entered a new age, the Age of Cyber-Warfare, and decisive international action needs to be taken immediately if we don't want to see our technology-permeated world – where everything is managed by IT systems – crumble around us. A crucial part of that action is technology research, and the Cyber Summit at Queen’s University in Belfast is a big step in the right direction, bringing researchers, experts and policy-makers together and creating an exceptional platform for productive dialogue and cooperation.”

Queen’s University Professor John McCanny, CSIT Principal Investigator, said: “The success of the inaugural World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit last year is reflected by the fact that even more of the biggest names in global cyber security are attending this year’s summit at Queen’s. This event is unique in that it is a meeting of minds of cyber security experts, researchers and government policy makers from around the world. 

“We at CSIT recognise there are two aspects of cyber security; defence and opportunity.  A safe and secure Internet acts as a platform for economic growth and societal development.  We have seen the democratising effects of the Internet in countries around the world; we have also seen how health, business and the wider development of mankind are supported by the information age that we all live in.  Together at Belfast 2012 we aim to identify, map out and ultimately combat the biggest threats to our online security so that we can help make the Internet of Tomorrow a safe and secure platform for the next phase of the human journey.

“Cyber security affects us all. Be it via smartphones and their apps, online banking or through the most intricate of government defence systems, we are all at risk of cyber security attacks. This Summit at Queen’s University is of huge international importance and we welcome the very best global cyber security experts to Belfast for this highly significant event.”

Guests at the Summit include speakers from Kaspersky Lab, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the UK’s Home Office, the European Commission, McAfee, the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, Cisco, SRI International, Georgia Tech, IBM and CyLabs.

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