Posted on 29/06/2017
As the world celebrates the 10th Birthday of the Apple iPhone, which has seen £1 billion sales since launching in June 2007, cyber security experts from the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London have shared their expertise in an article on The Conversation today (29 June), assessing how far the device stands out as an exemplar for getting security right.
Professor Keith Martin and Professor Kenny Paterson reveal how the iPhone makes extensive use of state-of-the-art cryptography to protect data on the device. "Cryptography provides mathematical tools to ensure secret data is kept secret, ensuring data is not maliciously altered or deleted, and identifies the source of data. Cryptography is easy to get wrong when used in a computer, but the iPhone mostly gets cryptography right."
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The Information Security Group (ISG), School of Mathematics and Information Security at Royal Holloway, has been recognised by EPSRC and GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research in the UK. The ISG was founded by a group of mathematicians and computer scientists with interests in cryptography, and research in this area remains an important part of the ISG's activities. The ISG has research expertise in cryptanalysis, combinatorial cryptography, provable security and message authentication codes and teaches the award-winning Masters in Information Security as well as specialist Single Honours (BSc and MSci) in Information Security with the Department of Computer Science.
Royal Holloway won the award for the Best Cyber-Security Education Programme at SC Awards Europe 2017 earlier this month.