School of Computing

Secure and Resilient Systems

Secure and Resilient Systems

About

Our research directly contributes to creating modern information systems, networks and infrastructures. These are dependable and secure in all aspects.

As a group of around 40 people our research focusses on cyber security and computer systems resilience. We are part of the NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security at Newcastle University. 

Cyber security depends on people, as well as systems, so our work spans many fields. We work with psychologists, civil engineers, mathematicians, industry partners and users of systems. We discover new attacks, invent technologies and investigate human factors. 

Our research is of interest to a wider audience and can gain substantial media coverage. Our research into credit card fraud gained national coverage by the BBC.

We publish our research in internationally leading conferences, such as the Computer and Communications Security Conference, and attend these annually.  

Our research receives funding from UK Research Councils, NCSC, NSA, EU and various industry partners such as ARM, Siemens, EMVCo and Atom Bank.

We teach an MSc in Computer Security and Resilience  and a BSC in Computer Science (Cyber Security and Resilience). We also have an online MOOC to give you an idea of our topics of interest.  

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Research Highlights

FINTRUST - Trust Engineering for the Financial Industry

A major new project exploring how to regain the public's trust in digital technology.

Project Leaders: Aad Van Moorsel (PI), Kovila Coopamotoo (Co-I), Karen Elliott (Business School Co-I)

Other Staff: Ehsan Toreini, Mhairi Aitken (Business School), Magdalene Ng, Jon Warwick

Sponsor: EPSRC

Partner: Atom Bank

Project Aims

  • Develop a trust model for Fintech services, particularly for algorithm–based automated services
  • Develop deep evidence–based understanding and quantitative assessment of the psychological and user interaction elements of human (consumer) trust
  • Develop an approach for systematic augmentation of algorithm–based automated services to enhance trust and deal with technology breakdowns
  • Design and implement a Fintrust Trust Engineering Toolkit which translates our understanding and techniques into reusable methods and software tools

Project Background

The FinTech industry is one of the major growth industries in the United Kingdom. These companies create new, cheaper and faster services, utilising the latest technologies such as cloud, mobile and blockchain. To succeed they need to gain the trust of customers in a period that society's trust in the financial industry is still impacted by the mortgage crisis almost a decade ago.

They need to gain this trust while technologies are changing rapidly and data breaches are continuously in the news. FinTrust will research the issue of trust in FinTech, identifying the generic research challenges and establishing fundamental research results. A particular focus will be on increased automation through the use of machine learning algorithms, which may have implications that affect consumer trust in the new services.

Research

Research results as derived in FinTrust will be made available as a Trust Engineering Tool Kit, allowing service provider, regulators and consumer organisations to:

  • assess levels of trust
  • quantify the extent to which trust matters to consumers and trust attitude differentiates consumers
  • assess bias in automated advice
  • establish whether algorithms may lead to financial exclusion or financial distress and protect services from erroneous algorithmic results

In our work we balance the commercial interest with society's interests, addressing issues such as financial exclusion through algorithmic bias.

FinTrust offers a focused pathway to academic, societal and economic impact. Starting from the co-creation effort with Atom Bank that resulted in the proposal, we will grow the Stakeholder Panel to include customer organisations, regulators and other stakeholders. We will then establish a joined-up academic community in a FinTech Network, bringing together ICT, EPSRC and other research and intertwine this with existing research networks in finance and business research. We will make the software tools available freely and to a wide audience, training the research staff in interacting and public engagement to optimize the impact from our research.

Read more in our press release.

Will.i.am launching the project at the USB

Staff

Find out which staff members are involved in our research.

Staff

Dr Muhammad Azad
Research Associate

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Dr Samiran Bag
Research Associate

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Dr Anirban Bhattacharyya
Guest Member of Staff

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Telephone: +44 191 208 8592

Dr Kovila Coopamootoo
Research Fellow

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Dr Changyu Dong
Senior Lecturer in Security

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Dr Martin Emms
Guest Member of Staff

Dr Thomas Gross
Reader Security, Privacy and Trust. Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security

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Telephone: +44 191 208 8987

Dr Feng Hao
Reader in Security Engineering

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Telephone: +44 191 208 6384

Dr Alexei Iliasov
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 191 208 5993

Dr John Mace
Research Associate

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Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad
Research Fellow

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Dr Charles Morisset
Lecturer in Security

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Dr Zoya Pourmirza
Research Associate

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Dr Ashur Rafiev
Research Associate

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Professor Brian Randell
Emeritus Professor, and Senior Research Investigator

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Telephone: +44 191 208 7923

Dr Stephen Riddle
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 191 208 5156

Professor Alexander Romanovsky
Prof of Computing Science

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Telephone: +44 191 208 8135

Dr Ioannis Sfyrakis
Research Associate

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Ehsan Toreini
Research Assistant

Professor Aad van Moorsel
Prof of Distributed Systems

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Telephone: +44 191 208 7711

Janette Wynn
Operations Assistant

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Telephone: 0191 208 7997

PhD Students

Best Paper Award

Best Paper Awards

Feb 2017: Best Security & Resilience (S&R) Paper

Mohammed Aamir Ali, Budi Arief, Martin Emms, and Aad van Moorsel. "Does The Online Card Payment Landscape Unwittingly Facilitate Fraud? ", IEEE Security & Privacy, 2017.

Feb 2016: Best Security & Resilience (S&R) Paper

Patrick McCorry, Siamak F. Shahandashti, Feng Hao, "Refund attacks on Bitcoin’s Payment Protocol," Financial Cryptography and Data Security, 2016.

Feb 2015: Best Security Paper

Martin Emms, Budi Arief, Leo Freitas, Joseph Hannon, Aad van Moorsel, "Harvesting high value foreign currency transactions from EMV contactless credit cards without the PIN", Proceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS'14), pp. 716-726, November 2014.

Publications

Publications from our group can be found here.