We conduct world-class research into all areas of information and cyber security and boasts a world-leading group of academics and industrial contacts.
Our research profile takes advantage of the group's interdisciplinary nature to tackle major challenges in many different areas of information security. Our current research interests include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Cryptography and its applications
- Security of systems and technologies
- The application of socio-technical and organisational theory to cyber security
- The application of economics and game theory to cyber security
- Smart cards, tokens and applications
- Critical infrastructure protection
- Authentication, identity management and authorisation
We have our own dedicated research centre, the ISG Smart Card Centre.
Information Security Group
The research of the Information Security Group has led to Royal Holloway being recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) in Cyber Security. There are eight ACEs in the UK, chosen by a panel appointed by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).
The ISG has more than 15 permanent research-active members of academic staff, a number of distinguished visiting professors and consultants, as well with as a large group of postdoctoral research assistants and a large PhD research student community. Our visiting professors and consultants include:
- Professor Whitfield Diffie, co-inventor of public0key cryptography
- Professor Paul Dorey, co-founder of the Jericho forum
- Professor Dieter Gollmann, co-founder of the ISG
- Professor Fred Piper, former Director and co-founder of the ISG
- Professor Mike Walker, former Group R&D Director of Vodafone
- Professor Richard Walton, former Director of CESG
This exciting research environment is supported by a range of research seminars and working groups. We also boast exceptional research facilities, including the dedicated Smart Card Centre, initally formed as a joint venture between Giesecke and Devrient, Vodafone and Royal Holloway in October 2002, and ASECOLab, which opened in 2012 to study how game theory, economics and algorithmic complexity can be used to develop novel security technologies.
Our breadth of coverage, coupled with our size, distinguished educational and academic track record, and long-standing and deep engagement with industry, makes the ISG a unique research group in the UK. The research tradition of the ISG was validated in an ESPRC review of mathematical sciences in the UK which stated that 'UK researchers remain world leaders in information security (Royal Holloway)'.
For a more detailed overview of our research, see the ISG Research White Paper.
Systems Security Research Lab
The Systems Security Research Lab (S2 Lab) was founded in September 2014.
The research carried out in the lab focuses on devising novel techniques to protect systems from a broad range of threats, including those perpetrated by malicious software. In particular, we aim at building practical tools and provide security services to the community at large. Our research, kindly sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPRSRC), the European Council Framework Programme 7 (EU FP7) and Intel Security (McAfee Labs UK), crosses the boundaries of a number of different Computer Science related topics, such as operating systems, computer architecture, program analysis and machine learning, making our challenging journey always exciting.