2013 NEWS ARCHIVES

19/12/2013: Publication of IAE/Intel Labs Europe Lecture Series
Pictured at the launch of the IAE/Intel Labs Europe Report of the Lecture Series on
Pictured at the launch of the IAE/Intel Labs Europe Report of the Lecture Series on "Engineering Research & Innovation", held on Thursday, 12th December 2013, in the offices of Engineers Ireland, Dublin are from l to r: Prof. John Kelly, IAE, Chairman, Standing Committee on Engineering Research & Economic Development; Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D. and Dr. Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe
Professor John V McCanny delivers his lecture at Queen's University Belfast. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Irish Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Physics and Engineers 
Ireland.
Professor John V McCanny delivers his lecture at Queen's University Belfast. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Irish Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Physics and Engineers

On 12th December 2013 the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, launched the report of the IAE/Intel Labs Europe Lecture Series on "Engineering Research and Innovation" at the Engineers Ireland offices, in Dublin. This lecture series was launched by the Minister in University College Dublin in October 2011 and the lectures were delivered at university venues in Belfast and in Dublin over the academic year 2011/2012. 

ECIT Director and CSIT Principal Investigator Professor John McCanny was honoured to have been invited to deliver one of the four lectures - "Research and Innovation – Successful Models for Economic Impact" - on February 21st 2012 in Queen's University Belfast. 

His 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.

Professor McCanny was joined on the lecture series by three other distinguished engineers who have made their names in the international world of engineering innovation. They were:

  • Mr. Justin Rattner, Chief Technical Officer of the Intel Corporation USA
  • Professor Michael Kelly, Prince Philip Professor of Technology at the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Henning Kagermann, President of National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)


In closing his 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 Academy believes that they merit a wider audience than they had in Ireland, great indeed though it was, and accordingly, it is pleased to launch them on the World Wide Web for the benefit of the international audiences which these lectures deserve and where they will be appreciated.

This particular publication focuses on the vital role of research in industrial innovation and identifies the specific contributions which the various sectors make:- 

    1. Government through its fundamental strategies and its agencies. 
    2. Industry with its interaction with the research programmes of engineering schools. 
    3. The engineering schools which promote the innovation of undergraduate courses and in their research topics. 
    4. The speakers, each of whom is of the highest international standards and who came to Ireland to give these lectures and share their views with us.


The report is available to download on the Irish Academy of Engineers website here:

http://www.iae.ie/news/article/2013/dec/13/publication-iaeintel-labs-europe-lecture-series/

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12/12/2013: Prof McCanny debates cyber security at the Foundation for Science and Technology
The Foundation's purpose is to provide a neutral platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, engineering or technology element.
The Foundation's purpose is to provide a neutral platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, engineering or technology element.
Professor John V McCanny CBE FRS FREng. Principal Investigator, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)
Professor John V McCanny CBE FRS FREng. Principal Investigator, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

CSIT's Professor John V McCanny CBE FRS FREng recently addressed a debate hosted by the The Foundation for Science and Technology on the subject of "Cyber security: how secure are UK organisations from cyber theft of IP?". The Foundation's purpose is to provide a neutral platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, engineering or technology element. The Foundation organises dinner/discussions and workshops on relevant issues when parliament is sitting. The event was held at the Royal Society on 16th October, 2013 and was supported by the Jisc. 

During the debate Professor McCanny highlighted that 93% of large corporations and 76% of SMEs had reported a breach in cyber security in the last year. Furthermore, he highlighted future research challenges including privacy/trust, the sustainability of cyber space, bio-inspired analysis of cyber space, privacy and online surveillance, and cyber space in a wider socio-economic context. The debate was chaired by The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS.

A report of the debate by Sir Brian Bender KCB, speaker presentations and audio files have now been published and are available here:

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09/12/2013: Michael Davis secures ACE-CSR prize
Michael Davis' presentation at the ACE-CSR conference
Michael Davis' presentation at the ACE-CSR conference

Congratulations are in order for Michael Davis, one of CSIT's PhD students, who recently won the 'Best Elevator Pitch' at the second annual conference for UK Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). Michael had only 5 minutes to talk about his research in 'Detecting Anomalous Communication Patterns in E-mail Networks' in front of a judging panel made up of people from both government and industry.

There were a total of 10 pitches, one from each of the ACE-CSR's. Michael's pitch was voted for unanimously by the judging panel. As well as receiving this great accolade Michael has also received £2000 to enable him to travel to a confrence of his choice.

Michael had this to say about winning the prize:

'I am delighted that my presentation was chosen for the prize. I would like to thank Professor John McCanny for proposing me for the competition. I hope this will raise the profile of the cyber security research being carried out at CSIT. '

CSIT's Principal Investigator, Prof. John McCanny CBE, FRS, FREng, IEEE Fellow had this to say about Michael's pitch:

'I was in complete agreement with the judges feedback comments – very clear, problem well described and solution well described. I hope the prize allows Michael to find a useful and interesting conference to go to. This was also great recognition for QUB, the School and CSIT.'

Michael's presentation can be accessed here: ACE-CSR Michael Davis Pitch

Find out what an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) is here.

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04/12/2013: Dr. Elizabeth O'Sullivan on the Adobe data breach
Dr. Elizabeth O'Sullivan
Dr. Elizabeth O'Sullivan

Dr. Elizabeth O'Sullivan, a Senior Engineer at CSIT spoke to BBC Radio Ulster Business News regarding the recent Adobe data breach. The breach is believed to have happened during the month of September, but customers of Adobe in Northern Ireland have only just and still are being notified about the breach.

Dr. O'Sullivan explains that there is a lag between a vulnerability or a breach being discovered to then seeing how that vulnerability may be exploited in the field. The full consequences of the breach are not understood at the beginning, it takes time for Security Researchers analyse the situation and the vulnerability in the breach. Dr. O'Sullivan then goes on to advise how companies be best prepared for these types of situation by ensuring that staff are well trained in the fundamental security principles.

The advice given to users is to never use the same password across multiple websites, until there is a replacement for passwords the onus is with the user that their password is not used across multiple sites and to ensure their password is of sufficient strength. Dr. O'Sullivan also stated not to use words as this is open to the vulnerability of dictionary attacks. This event provides an opportunity for users to review how they use passwords and also for companies to review their security policies and procedures.

To listen to the full interview click here.

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26/11/2013: We're Recruiting- Research Fellow (Secure Digital Systems)
Investors in People
Investors in People

The Job purpose is as follows:

To play a key role within QUB’s £30M strategic Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT) researching emerging security issues for information and communications technology systems supporting Critical Infrastructure. To actively research cyber-security threats relating to SCADA and Industrial Control Systems networks. To research vulnerabilities in SCADA control protocols (IEC, IEEE, etc) supporting essential electricity (smart-grid), water, and energy production facilities and infrastructure. The post requires the research and development of tools for real-time IP traffic analysis, packet filtering, stateful SCADA protocol inspection, intrusion detection, network behaviour profiling, and the investigation of security vulnerability assessment frameworks, suitable for SCADA/ Industrial Control System environments. Research will be conducted as part of a number of on-going European research programmes in collaboration with leading equipment manufacturers, infrastructure operators and research institutes.

For more information and details on how to apply click here.

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14/10/2013: ECIT Institute welcomes new 2013 PhD Student cohort
The ECIT Institute
The ECIT Institute

The ECIT Institute has recently welcomed one of the largest cohorts of PhD students to begin their research here. Eleven students in total have joined across ECIT and CSIT with research spanning topics such as Homomorphic Encryption, Advanced Data Mining for Anomaly Detection in Physical and Cyber Security, Quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) and SCADA and Network Security. 

In the short video below nine of them introduce themselves and their research topics:

The full list of new PhD students is as follows:

ECIT
M Doone
S Ki Yoo
A Al Balushi

CSIT
J Howe
R Gilmore
J Bentham
R McConville
J Gaston
E Shorten
P Maynard
A Hanna

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30/09/2013: Liopa secures category win at 25K Awards
David Crozier of Liopa, Queen’s University Belfast (left) pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards 2013, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, on Thursday 26th September 2013.
David Crozier of Liopa, Queen’s University Belfast (left) pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards 2013, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, on Thursday 26th September 2013.

Belfast – 30 September 2013

A team from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at Queen’s University Belfast’s ECIT Institute, which is developing novel new mobile biometric verification technology has been named the winner of the Software and Digital Media category of the 25k Awards 2013. The Liopa team went head to head with Columbus, another team from CSIT, over the final stages of the competition.

The prestigious annual 25k awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are made under the NISP CONNECT entrepreneurship programme, based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The awards are designed to showcase the most innovative research and intellectual property from the publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland.

Liopa won the Software and Digital Media category for the development of their biometric technology that authenticates people using lip movement, replacing passwords. This technology will enable more robust authentication and verification solutions designed for preventing fraud and theft in mobile commerce.

Commenting on the success David Crozier, Liopa co-founder and Technical Marketing Manager of CSIT said:

“We are delighted that our technology and potential has been recognised by the judging panel of the 25k Awards. The support we have received throughout this process has enabled us to bring Liopa to a point where we are actively engaging with potential new customers globally. I would also pay credit to my fellow team members – Dr Darryl Stewart, Dr Michael Loughlin and Dr Fabian Campbell West – without their research and engineering Liopa would never have become a reality”

Philip Mills, Columbus co-founder and Business Development Manager at CSIT said:

“The maturity of our technology is a number of years behind that of the Liopa team. Notwithstanding, getting to the 25k Award finals has helped our team to explore commercialisation approaches for this research as well as understand the competitive environment into which it will eventually be launched.

Congratulating both teams Prof John McCanny, ECIT Director and CSIT Principal Investigator commented:

“As an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), CSIT’s remit is to accelerate the commercialisation of world class science and emerging technologies into new products, processes or services. Both Liopa and Columbus are exemplars of the cross-functional approach we take to driving innovation featuring team members from across our research, engineering and business development disciplines. Well done to Liopa for winning the category and well done to Columbus for getting to the final too.”

Find out more about Liopa here: http://www.liopa.co.uk

Find out more about Columbus here: http://www.columbus.ie

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05/08/2013: Phil Hodgers wins Best Student Paper at HOST Austin Texas
IEEE Logo
IEEE Logo

Congratulations to Phil Hodgers, one of our PhD students, who recently won Best Student Paper at HOST (IEEE Int. Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust) Austin Texas.

Phil’s research is focussed on 'side-channel attacks' and countermeasures and relates to the security of cryptographic devices. For example, although encryption algorithms are mathematically secure from brute-force key-search attacks, the algorithms need to be implemented in some form of low cost electronic hardware which are susceptible to side channel attacks. This hardware include smart cards which are used for things such as bank cards, building access control and transportation cards like the Oyster cards used in London underground or processor based systems such as in your mobile phone or tablet. It has been found that these devices leak unintended side-channel information through channels such as their fluctuating power consumption levels, which are statistically related to the information processed with the secret encryption key. Analysis of these power consumptions enables the secret key to be determined, which once known permits all encrypted information to be revealed.

Phil’s work involves analysing the current threats and weaknesses in these devices and developing countermeasures to help improve security for future devices. His successful paper was titled ‘'Pre-Processing Power Traces with a Phase-Sensitive Detector' and used a phase-sensitive detector circuit to filter power consumption waveforms, enhancing the encryption processing signal from within the more general power consumption waveform of the device. The approach was demonstrated as a means to help identify specific areas of weakness on an FPGA device running an encryption algorithm.

Phil had this to say about winning Best Student Paper at HOST - ‘Winning best student paper was an unexpected surprise, as the quality of the other papers was very high. It is a great honour to receive this award from a highly regarded conference.’

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25/07/2013: Horizon 2020 Security Information Day
10/09/2013: Horizon 2020 Security Information Day
10/09/2013: Horizon 2020 Security Information Day

Derek Gallaher, UK National Contact Point for Security, will deliver a presentation on European research funding opportunities for the security sector on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

The event will take place at Queen’s Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology (ECIT) it will run from 10.30am to 1.00pm and will include a buffet lunch. A more detailed programme will be available nearer the date.

Mr Gallaher will be available for some one-to-one meetings with attendees who may wish to discuss a proposal concept.

If you would like to attend this event please contact the EU Office by 30 August 2013.  Limited parking will be available, if you require a parking permit you should mention this when contacting us.

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05/07/2013: CSIT publishes Belfast 2013 Summit Report
Belfast 2013: World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Report
Belfast 2013: World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Report

The Summit Report from the third annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit (Belfast 2013) which took place on 14-15th March 2013 at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Belfast's Titanic Quarter has now been published.

The Summit continued the work of Belfast 2011 and Belfast 2012. This year focused on Impact, showcasing international applied research from Academia and Industry informed by Belfast 2012 and the four defined research roadmaps (Adaptive Cyber Security Technologies | Protection of Smart Utility Grids | Security of the Mobile Platform and Applications | Multi-faceted Cyber Security Research).

The 'invite only' event again brought together leading international research centres with government policy makers and industry. Held over two days the Summit featured keynote presentations and moderated open discussions.

More than 100 invited participants from around the world attended the event. They included Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, Head of Cyber, Intelligence Branch, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Timo Skytta, Senior Director Consumer Services, Nokia, Hugh Eaton, Intelligence and Defence Director, Cisco, Colin Whittaker, VP Payment System Risk, VISA Europe and Raj Samani, CTO, EMEA, McAfee.

Now available online, the summit report contains four international research briefings highlighting the impact of programmes informed by Summits in previous years including:

  • Adaptive Cyber Security Technologies
  • The Protection of Smart Utility Grids
  • Security of Mobile platforms and applications
  • Multi-faceted approach to cyber security research


Summaries of breakout impact sessions on the following topics are also included:

  • Is it the end of the road for username and password?
  • Transitioning research into deployed solutions
  • Enhancing co-operation between CERTs, Law Enforcement and Government
  • Privacy in the age of the digital native and digital immigrant


The Belfast 2013 Summit Report, keynote and research briefing presentations can all be downloaded from the Belfast 2013 Summit micro-site here.

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26/06/2013: G8 Summit - John McCanny on Digital Technologies Growth and Investment

Professor John McCanny, Principal Investigator of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), was recently invited to brief visitors in Northern Ireland to attend the G8 Summit on investment and growth of the digital industries taking place in the Belfast dockyards. The video below was produced by the UK Prime Minister's Office as part of that briefing.

For more information on the G8 Summit visit gov.uk/g8

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17/06/2013: Sir Paul Nurse visits CSIT
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Prof Sakir Sezer
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Prof Sakir Sezer

CSIT was pleased to welcome Sir Paul Nurse to visit the Centre on Thursday 13th June. During his visit Sir Paul was given an overview of CSIT's unique Open Innovation model as well as seeing demonstrations of technologies being researched and developed here including Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF), Internet and Traffic Content Analysis (ITACA) and Liopa.

Sir Paul Nurse is the President of the Royal Society. He took up the post to start his five year term on 1 December 2010.

Paul Nurse is a geneticist who works on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University New York. He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

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02/05/2013: CSIT donation supports Belfast CoderDojo
David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT and Peter Doherty, Belfast Metropolitan College and founder of CoderDojo Belfast
David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT and Peter Doherty, Belfast Metropolitan College and founder of CoderDojo Belfast

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at QUB, the UK’s leading university centre for cyber security research, is supporting the work done by CoderDojo Belfast to enthuse the next generation of software and electronic researchers and engineers by donating funds collected from attendees at its recent annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit.

The donation will be used to purchase new Lego® Mindstorms® NXT equipment, further enhancing the software and electronic engineering learning opportunities for children attending the CoderDojo. The LEGO Mindstorm series of kits contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots.

Speaking after donating the money David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT, said:

“CSIT, its member companies and the global cyber security industry depend on a steady stream of bright, enthusiastic, practically minded researchers and engineers to support this rapidly growing and strategically important industry.”

“The work that CoderDojo Belfast is doing in stimulating the innovative and inquisitive instincts in young people on our doorstep here in the Titanic Quarter is amazing. I was keen that we would highlight that work and seek donations from our global industry partners while we had them in Belfast for our recent World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit to grow it further.”

“I would like to specifically highlight the support of CSIT advisor Mark Crosbie, Head of Information Security, EMEA at Facebook, Editor of thinkbricks.net and member of the LEGO Mindstorms Community Partner (MCP) program who leveraged support from Lego HQ in Denmark to match donations given by summit attendees.”

Commenting on the donation Peter Doherty from Belfast Metropolitan College, who founded CoderDojo Belfast, said: 

“CoderDojo is a great opportunity for young people to learn valuable programming & IT skills which are in high demand in the current job market.”

“CoderDojo is a free computing club which is run by Belfast Metropolitan College along with volunteer industry mentors and support from various local, national and international organisations. The donations from CSIT and Lego will enable us to further explore the area of robotics and programming and engage with a younger audience in fun and exciting ways.”

For further information on CoderDojo Belfast please visit www.coderdojobelfast.com or follow on twitter – @CoderDojoBMC.

For further information on CSIT, its member companies and annual summit please visit www.csit.qub.ac.uk of follow on twitter @csit_qub.

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23/04/2013: Roke joins forces with CSIT for innovation in security technologies
Pete Lockhart, CTO at Roke and Philip Mills, Business Development Manager at CSIT shake hands on the new membership agreement.
Pete Lockhart, CTO at Roke and Philip Mills, Business Development Manager at CSIT shake hands on the new membership agreement.
Roke is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative solutions and contract R&D, pioneering developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology.
Roke is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative solutions and contract R&D, pioneering developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology.

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s leading university centre for cyber security research, has today announced that Roke, one of the UK’s leading science and technology centres, has become a Full Member and official partner.

CSIT is firmly committed to a model of ‘Open Innovation’ and recognises the importance of having the right partners to help direct its research agenda with market insight, and ensure that the research results have strong impact in solving real-world problems. Guided by an Industrial Advisory Board comprising representatives of Full Member companies, CSIT encourages close collaboration between academic and industrial researchers to identify specific problems in the cyber security domain, and to work together to provide solutions.

Philip Mills, Business Development Manager at CSIT said “The addition of Roke, as a leading UK technology innovation company, to our membership group will increase our ability to see real impact from our research. Roke has a superb track record in advanced technology research, and in taking the results of their research into the marketplace. We will be working closely with Roke over the coming months to identify collaboration in a number of different technology areas in the security space, and to identify commercial opportunities.”

Pete Lockhart, CTO at Roke, commented “Roke’s strength lies in the deep technical knowledge of our people and their networks. We look forward to building a deep and significant relationship with CSIT and working together to exploit our mutual technology base.”

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About Roke

Roke, based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the principal electronics research and development centre of Chemring Group Plc. Founded in 1956, Roke is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative solutions and contract R&D, pioneering developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology. It employs 450 staff and has over 430 patents to its name.

For more information about Roke, visit www.roke.co.uk.

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16/04/2013: CSIT partners with InfoSys to combat cyber security threats
S. Goparaju - Senior Vice President, Infosys Labs and Products R&D, S. Gopalakrishnan - Executive co-chairman, Infosys, Professor Sir Peter Gregson - Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Godfrey Gaston - CSIT Director
S. Goparaju - Senior Vice President, Infosys Labs and Products R&D, S. Gopalakrishnan - Executive co-chairman, Infosys, Professor Sir Peter Gregson - Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Godfrey Gaston - CSIT Director
The three-year agreement will lead to the establishment of a CSIT-Infosys Cyber Lab
The three-year agreement will lead to the establishment of a CSIT-Infosys Cyber Lab

A major new strategic partnership aimed at combating the global cyber security threat has been signed between Queen’s University Belfast and InfoSys, a global leader in consulting and technology.

The collaboration brings together Infosys with Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), one of UK’s largest and most prestigious university cyber security research labs, and Invest Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland government’s regional business development agency.

The partnership will establish a research, education and commercialisation model, to develop solutions and intellectual property for combatting cyber security threats arising out of the rise of digital and Cloud-based business models. Infosys and CSIT will work jointly on a range of topics including combatting malware, security of mobile and cloud infrastructures, and privacy issues for financial markets.

The three-year agreement will lead to the establishment of a CSIT-Infosys Cyber Lab that will become part of a global network of companies and institutions developing security technologies. As part of the CSIT advisory and governing board, Infosys will play a key role in developing the centre’s research roadmap and gain access to its research and technologies for commercial usage.

Infosys and CSIT will also promote joint research projects and sponsor PhD scholarships, internships, faculty sabbatical and exchange programs. They will impart training and education on advanced concepts in data privacy, cloud, contemporary web application and wireless security as well as intelligent surveillance systems. Together, the partners will also jointly seek funding from agencies in India and Europe for relevant projects.

Welcoming the agreement, Senior Vice President, Infosys Labs and Products R&D, Subu Goparaju said: “The rise of cloud and mobility solutions has only increased the need for greater cyber security. This is a top concern we hear from executives around the globe. Our partnership with Queen’s University will provide Infosys insights into cyber-crimes and access to the important work being done at CSIT. We believe the outcome of this partnership will not only result in stronger products for our clients, but in a safer digital world.”

Signing the strategic partnership Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “Queen’s both welcomes and values its partnership agreement with Infosys, one of the India’s leading technology companies. Cyber security affects us all. Be it via smartphones and their apps, online banking or through developments in cloud based services, we are all at risk of cyber security attacks.

“Queen’s agreement sees InfoSys join with over 20 other industrial partners, including many global players who have committed to supporting CSIT in its quest to solve some of the real world security challenges of the future. It is intended that through this partnership society will be the real winner.”

Today’s announcement comes after Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to India when he signed the UK-India cooperation deal that will see the creation of a joint task force to exchange and share information to identify and counter cyber security threats.

Commenting on the Queen’s Infosys partnership, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “The UK is recognised as a world-leader in combating cybercrime and has real competitive and technology advantages in this field. The work at Queen’s University’s CSIT, which I have seen at first hand, is a tangible example of our expertise in this area and I welcome its latest partnership with Infosys. It will be good for Infosys, good for Queen’s University and good for the interests of all our households and businesses in both our countries.”

Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster commented: "I am delighted to see that the initial introductions made by Invest Northern Ireland's team based in India, linking Queen's to Infosys' Global Internship Programme and Infosys Labs, have developed and grown into a viable and important business partnership.

"This partnership between Queen's and Infosys is an excellent example of collaborative working. By pairing knowledge and research contained within our world class universities with business we can work together to provide practical solutions to commercial challenges. Such partnerships are of real importance to growing our economy. I look forward with interest to how this partnership between Queen's, Infosys and Invest NI develops.

"This is also an excellent example of the global opportunities that exist for Northern Ireland. If we are to grow our economy we must look beyond our own shores. This partnership between Queen's in Belfast and Infosys in India just goes to show that there really are no limits to how far we should look for opportunities."

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Notes to Editors

Additional Resources

  • Infosys Labs here
  • University partnerships by Infosys Labs here
  • Publications by Infosys Labs here


About Infosys 

Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth. That's why Forbes ranked Infosys 19 among the top 100 most innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize their goals.
Visit www.infosys.com and see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with its 150,000+ people, is Building Tomorrow's Enterprise® today.

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14/03/2013: Northern Ireland Centre at forefront of global cyber security research

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed a delegation of high level researchers and influential business people to the third annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, in Belfast today.

The prestigious event is being hosted by Queen's University of Belfast's, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park.

The prestigious event is being hosted by Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at the Northern Ireland Science Park.

CSIT is the UK’s largest university centre for cyber security research, a rapidly growing and highly specialised area with vast global potential. In 2011, the Minister announced £4.4 million of Invest NI support for CSIT which includes part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Arlene Foster said: “This event at Queen’s presents an opportunity to place Northern Ireland firmly on the international cyber security map.

“Globally, we are now more dependent than ever on our digital infrastructure, with connectivity seen as an essential part of our lives through the use of smartphones, laptops and tablets.

“Industry depends on safe and secure communications but with cybercrime now estimated to cost around USD $1 trillion per year, there remains a vast requirement to continually develop cyber security technology and enhance online privacy to protect individuals, businesses and the economy.

“At CSIT in Belfast, research specialists in data encryption, network security, wireless security and video analytics work with industry to solve some of the real world security challenges. Today’s event offers a major opportunity to showcase this expertise to an international audience and stimulate further collaboration that will deliver new and innovative cyber security solutions.”

Professor John McCanny of CSIT at Queen’s said: “Hosting the World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit at CSIT underlines the international importance of the research carried out here and our vision to establish a global innovation hub in cyber security. Invest NI’s support is allowing us to address the $60 billion market for cyber security technology and commercialise CSITs research in new innovative ways for a university Centre. Today, we have a unique opportunity to collaborate and share information in order to drive technology forward and provide tangible, effective solutions in areas from data security to intelligent analytics.”

For further information visit http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk/ 

Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Communications Officer. Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 or email c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk 

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06/03/2013: CSITs Prof John McCanny to speak at Innovate UK on IKC’s & building early stage critical mass
Prof. John McCanny - CSIT Principal Investigator
Prof. John McCanny - CSIT Principal Investigator

CSITs Professor John McCanny will be speaking at Innovate UK 2013 on 11 March on the subject of IKC’s and building early stage critical mass.  Innovate UK 2013 is a joint venture from the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment which sees the two organisations unite the highly successful Innovate and TechWorld events.  The event takes place on 11-13 March in the Business Design Centre, London.

Professor McCanny will deliver his talk as part of the 'Great Technology Commercialisation' track of the event. The subject will be 'IKC’s & building early stage critical mass' with Professor McCanny highlighting the progress that The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research, an innovation and knowledge centre (IKC) based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) has made in terms of developing new and disruptive technology and building a critical mass of expertise. He will also talk about CSITs highly successful 'Open Innovation' model and its vision to establish a global innovation hub in cyber security.

You can find out more about Innovate UK 2013 on the event website here.

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05/03/2013: CSIT welcomes new Associate Member company RepKnight
RepKnight is the fastest open source data monitoring platform within the global marketplace
RepKnight is the fastest open source data monitoring platform within the global marketplace

Belfast, NI – 5 March 2013:  The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research has today announced that RepKnight, an SME who have developed the fastest open source data monitoring platform within the global marketplace, has become an Associate Member.  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 its role in helping UK SMEs build their cyber security capabilities through knowledge transfer, research commercialisation as well as enabling them to access and compete for global opportunities in this £50 billion market.

John Reid, Founder and CEO of RepKnight said:

“RepKnight have had a strong relationship with The Centre for Secure Information Technologies since before the company was founded back in 2011 so it was a natural progression to officially become a CSIT Associate Member.”

“Over the past twelve months our company has been able to leverage the Centre’s expertise and reputation in the field of cyber security to help us win our first major high profile deal delivering open source intelligence in real time to UK Government. Winning this contract catapulted RepKnight onto the global stage, as well as highlighting the quality of UK capability and innovation to the world.”

“Becoming an Associate Member has allowed us to strengthen the engagement with CSIT, through its ‘Open Innovation’ model, whereby we have early sight of research findings coming out of the Centre, can engage directly with their researchers and engineers to discuss technology areas of interest and access their global network of member companies through events such as their World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit to access opportunities and win new business.”

Stephen Wray, Commercial Director at CSIT commenting on RepKnight formally becoming Assicate Members said:

“Our on-going relationship with RepKnight has proven to be a win-win for both organisations and is an example of how an innovative approach to commercialising applied research can have real economic impact for SMEs and the UK as a whole.”

RepKnight have joined other UK SMEs who are benefitting from CSIT’s Associate Membership programme including Seven Technologies Ltd and Titan IC Systems Ltd. 

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

 

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For further information, please contact:

For more information contact David Crozier – Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT

Tel: 028 9097 1754

Email: d.crozier@qub.ac.uk

About RepKnight

RepKnight is the fastest open source data monitoring platform within the global marketplace, providing both sentiment and geographical analysis in real time across all the major social media channels. This allows government and commercial analysts to identify threats, emerging events and provides an immediate world-view or hyper-local view of public opinion on key issues. RepKnight also provides users with an alert system when a spike in data volumes on a key term occurs. RepKnight is a bright young UK company delivering a world class platform. http://www.repknight.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).  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

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12/02/2013: CSIT shortlisted for prestigious industry award
CSIT are shortlisted in the Information Security Consultancy of the Year category
CSIT are shortlisted in the Information Security Consultancy of the Year category

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s lead university centre for cyber security research based at Queen's University Belfast, has today announced that it has been shortlisted for the prestigious SC Magazine Awards in the industry category of “Information Security Consultancy of the Year”. The winners will be announced at the SC magazine Awards Europe 2013 which takes place on 23 April in The London Hilton on Park Lane, London.

The SC Magazine Awards honour professionals working to secure enterprises of all sizes, vendors and organisations that deliver innovative security technologies. The panel of judges are selected for their experience and impartiality and are drawn from the senior ranks of the information security profession.

Commenting on the announcement Stephen Wray, Commercial Director of CSIT said:

“CSIT is a centre of excellence with a remit to accelerate and promote business exploitation of emerging research and technology in the field of cyber security.  Our vision is to create a global innovation hub in cyber security. We are honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious industry award. It highlights how our unique approach to fast streaming applied research into industry through our unique Open Innovation membership model is gaining recognition and traction in the global information security market.”

An example of CSIT’s recent information security consultancy work which was cited in the award nomination is the on-going collaboration with CSIT member company Q1 Labs (IBM) to transfer, evaluate, demonstrate and exploit our research on malware detection methods for fixed and mobile networks within their enterprise Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tool QRadar.

Chris Meenan – Senior Product Manager of the Q1 Labs Product Suite at IBM commenting on the on-going engagement with CSIT said:

"The Zeus botnet research carried out by CSIT coupled with the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform capability has provided an excellent proof point of how a combination of leading edge security research and security technology platforms can deliver excellent customer value" 

CSIT will be exhibiting at this year’s Infosecurity Europe event, which will take place at Earls Court, London on the 23rd – 25th of April. The exhibition is a great opportunity to meet with the CSIT commercial team to discuss how your organisation can engage with the Centre through a broad range of activities including – CSIT Membership, Contract R&D, IP licensing, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and large scale cyber security public/private sector project consortia.

For more information please contact David Crozier – Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT

Tel: 028 9097 1754

Email: d.crozier@qub.ac.uk

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25/01/2013: Fully funded DEL CSIT PhD Studentships

Applications are invited for a number of DEL PhD Research Studentships funded by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) to commence October 2013 in the area of Data Security, Network Security, Wireless Enabled Security and Intelligent Surveillance Security Systems.  The studentships provide fees and a maintenance grant of £13,590 for 2011/12 and are open to UK and EU citizens, subject to eligibility. Some studentships have also been supported by CSIT partner and member organisations with top-up sponsorships available. 

Please note that NOT all available projects are funded.

Academic Requirements

The required minimum academic qualification for the above studentships is a 2:1 honours degree or a qualification considered equivalent by the University.   The qualifications must be obtained in Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related discipline.  Candidates must have official, final results of all qualifications to be used to meet the academic requirements before the start of the studentship.

Applications and further information

You can find out more about the upcoming studentships and information on how to apply on the Education section of the CSIT wesbite here.

A separate application for funding must also be completed for each project applied to.  Application for admission to study that does not also have an application for funding may not be considered for an award.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th March 2013.

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17/01/2013: Horsemeat scandal - New PhD to tackle global problem of food adulteration
New PhD at CSIT aims to tackle global food fraud and food processing problems. Photo: tasweertaker on Flickr
New PhD at CSIT aims to tackle global food fraud and food processing problems. Photo: tasweertaker on Flickr

A new PhD project, to be jointly supervised by academics at The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) and the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's University Belfast, will aim to tackle global food fraud and food processing problems.

In the current scene of global food supply and production, it is becoming increasingly challenging to detect sophisticated fraud, to tackle food processing problems and to meet consumers' elevated requirements of quality and safety.

There is therefore a need to develop intelligent information systems, based on machine learning, artificial intelligence and pattern recognition, as well as integrating software and hardware in solving some key food science related problems such as detecting adulteration and geographical origin (e.g. oils) and automating food process control.

The three year PhD studentship titled "" is due for commencement in October 2013 and is funded by Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

Some outcomes to be explored in this PhD are:

  • software tools that help with calibration and analysis of complex chromatography, spectroscopic and other signals to verify authenticity of specific foods, based on machine learning and pattern recognition techniques,
  • development of next generation searchable databases with food authenticity data to fight global food fraud,
  • the proof-of-concept use of low-cost mobile computer in food processing and processing control including decision making.


More information on this PhD Studentship are available on the CSIT website here.

 

Photo: tasweertaker on Flickr

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08/01/2013: Stephen Wray's Blog - ECIT - A vision of the mothership
Prof John McCanny, ECIT Director, and Stephen Wray, Commercial Director at ECIT
Prof John McCanny, ECIT Director, and Stephen Wray, Commercial Director at ECIT
The ECIT Institute is located in the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast
The ECIT Institute is located in the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast

I once heard a Research Director talk of ECIT as the ‘mothership’. I think this sums ups well what our Institute is all about. A term that has achieved prominence in science fiction and UFO lore, a mothership typically takes up station in an area and remains there for long periods, while smaller ships sortie to interesting destinations. A mothership provides the sustaining environment that will nurture and fuel more focused targeted agile expeditions.

ECIT has taken up station in the area of Electronics, Communications and IT and with its unique mix of people, resources and networks has created a dynamic environment that fosters entrepreneurship. The Vision of ECIT is to ‘create wealth through Research and Innovation’. As we continue to drive that vision forward, we have recognised more focused sorties are needed and those sorties have to be in partnership with strong Industry connections that live and breathe the destination.

The approach is working. Measurable outcomes that include; winning over £6Million new research funding in 2012 (FP7, EPSRC, TSB, Industry contract etc), helping local SMEs bid for and win new tenders beyond their own capability, having numerous pieces of IP delivered to industry, having another spin-out company (Microsense) established, highlight we are continuing to build the right capability and are applying that to relevant and appropriate markets.

In 2009 the ECIT mothership launched CSIT, a £30M Innovation and Knowledge Centre focused on Cyber and Physical Security Technologies. CSIT has proven success in vision fulfillment of ‘creating wealth through Research and Innovation’. CSIT is now the UKs largest university cyber security research lab and is acknowledged by GCHQ and BIS as an Academic Centre of Excellence. ECIT will continue to provide the infrastructure and environment where centres of this caliber can develop and thrive. Strategically we are now also nurturing new centres in:-

  • Capital Markets Engineering
  • Space and Satellite Applications
  • Connected Health


These are all at different stages of development but we aspire to have them follow the proven model of Open Innovation that has been crucial to the success of CSIT.

CSIT - A MODEL OF OPEN INNOVATION

CSITs Open Innovation Model involves partner companies committing £30k per annum to inform CSIT research roadmaps and access CSIT technology to evaluate for exploitation. Member Companies (including BAE Systems, Thales, Q1 Labs, IBM, Altera, Cisco, McAfee, Intel), Associates (RepKnight, TitanIC Systems, Seven, Qosmos, Tyco) and government stakeholders (including DSTL, GCHQ, CESG, CPNI) have access to direct, absorb and bring to market over £30Ms worth of applied research in their specific market.

CSIT’s Open Innovation Model provides centralised and aggregated market intelligence, including access to articulated problem statements, a deeper knowledge of market trends and opportunities and access to problem-owners, customer bases and end users. It also provides an ability to build strategic alliances with partners in industry, government and academia, a platform to showcase our capabilities to the wider national and international community, and a mandate from our represented constituents to influence and inspire UK government future direction and funding for research.

NEW SORTIES

Capital Markets Engineering

The Captial Markets Engineering collaborative research program is in conjunction with ISRC at Magee Campus University of Ulster. Member companies include (Citi, NYSE Technologies, Fidessa, Kofax and First Derivatives), Member companies pay £20k per annum and ECIT and ISRC are leveraging this to fund 10 PhDs in Big Data analytics, sentiment analysis and hardware acceleration of high frequency trading algorithms. ECIT are working with colleagues to grow the potential of this initiative and have submitted an application for InvestNI Collaborative Network Support and Competance Centre funding (£1M per annum for 5 years).

Satellite Applications

ECIT provides world leading capability and research excellence in Earth Observation and Satellite Antenna and Front-end Technologies. ECIT have entered into close discussions with the TSB Satellite Applications Catapult Centre to be a strategic partner. We believe we can contribute strongly to its establishment at Harwell, Oxford. ECIT can provide thought leadership, industry insight, a strong team of engineering capability and research excellence to contribute to programs of work.

Connected Health

Another core area of competence within ECIT is based around communications technology particularly with respect tracking, identifying and utilising people and assets within a wireless scenario. This is at an early stage however Prof William Scanlon as DigiComms Diretor of Research is beginning to nuture and develop potential to build a Centre of market focused competence in this area. William is engaging heavily with the Northern Ireland Connected Health activities to understand how ECIT can bring our research and capabilities into this market informed opportunity area.

Everything else
Of course there are numerous other projects and research activities taking place at ECIT that have nothing to do with the above highlighted sorties and this is entirely in keeping with the ECIT mothership taking up station in such a wide a diverse area as Electronics, Communications and IT. ECIT is a Research Institute after all, and an element of horizon scanning is healthy and appropriate and it is important academic experts in their field have the freedom to follow their own path.

Who knows what PhD or unique and novel piece of research will inspire the next major expedition?

A VISION OF THE FUTURE

So I think this term sums us up very well - ECIT is a Mothership, and it is this environment, this unique mix of personnel and this strategic approach to market informed sorties that set ECIT apart as visionary. A vision we believe that will lead to a globally acknowledged Innovation Hub in Cyber Security and also in whatever other major ‘market informed expeditions’ we may strategically take.

ABOUT

Stephen Wray has 15 years IP Commercialisation experience with significant international technology licensing, negotiating, business development and marketing expertise.  Previous roles include Global IP Business Manager at Amphion and VP Licensing at APTX, where he licensed technology to Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Google, NEC and Panasonic amongst many others. Stephen was instrumental in the trade sale of both companies, Amphion to Conexant (2006) and APTX to CSR (2010). He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He tweets at @wr4y.

This blog post was originally published on the ECIT Institute website here.

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