The Centre for Secure Information Technologies

About CSIT

Researchers working at CSIT – the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security – are working to protect the privacy of personal and sensitive data.

From bus tickets to banking, most of us rely heavily on the internet. But with 3.8 million cyber-attacks in the UK in 2016, our world-leading researchers are playing a leading role in cracking down on cybercrime for both today and the future. We encourage collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of cyber and physical security research through to commercial application.

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Principal Investigator

Maire O'Neill

CSIT Principal Investigator

Professor Máire O'Neill

Professor O’Neill was the youngest ever professor to be appointed at Queen’s University at the age of 32 and was also the University’s first female professor in electrical and electronic engineering. She was instrumental in the creation of CSIT at Queen’s which has established strong links with global security organisations. Her research involves designing security solutions for communications applications, including email, cloud and mobile technologies. Professor O'Neill is now Principal Investigator at CSIT - “Here at CSIT, we work closely with experienced engineers who help in the commercialisation of our research through the development of proof-of-concept designs and product prototypes that meet industry requirements. We are one of the only UK university groups specialising in cryptographic algorithms and architectures for system-on-chip and we are now regarded as European leaders in this field.”

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Our Innovative Research

Pioneering Research

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) brings together complimentary research clusters to carry out research focused on market informed grand challenge areas.

The four research groups in CSIT are:

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The videos below show the cutting-edge research projects that we are working on. 

Quantum-Resistant Identity Based Ecryption (IBE)

Sarah McCarthy has proposed the first practical Identity Based Ecryption (IBE) design that is resistant to quantum attacks.

Sarah's research looks at the automotive industry. She aims to make the more secure forms of cryptography sufficiently lightweight and practical for IoT devices.

Learn more about Sarah's research here

Mobile Assisted Security for Users in Cyber Space

Professor Sakir Sezer, Head of the Networking Systems Security Group, explains that despite the evolution of new cyber security technologies, the cyber space is still a place where crime regularly occurs.

Human beings are often the weakest link and unknowingly allow cyber attacks to happen. Sakir's research explores how we can use machine learning intelligent software to look after the end user and how mobile phones can actually assist people in being more secure in the cyber space.

Learn more about how we are tackling cyber crime in the cyber space