Surrey Centre for Cyber Security blog

New EPSRC research project on addressing human-related risks in cybersecurity/cybercrime ecosystems

SCCS just got a new research project “ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks” granted by EPSRC. It will involve a group of researchers working in five academic disciplines (Computer Science, Crime Science, Business, Engineering, Behavioural Science) at four UK research institutes (University of Surrey, UCL, University of Warwick, and TRL). It has an overall budget of £~1.1m, with 80% (£~881k) funding from EPSRC. It is expected to start in April 2017 and will last for 24 months.

SCCS has 2 open PhD positions funded by HM Government (UK citizens only)

SCCS invites applications for 2 PhD positions in Cyber Security: One position is in the research project called Modelling and Verification of Distributed Ledger Technologies under supervision of Prof Steve Schneider (principal supervisor) and Dr David Williams. Another position is in the research project called Attribute-based Signatures for Privacy in V2X Authentication under supervision of Dr Mark Manulis (principal supervisor) and Dr Thanassis Giannetsos. Both positions are over a period of 3.5 years, fully-funded by HM Government and available only to UK citizens. Please follow the above links for more information about the projects, application process and eligibility requirements.

SCCS is recruiting a Research Fellow for EPSRC-funded project TAPESTRY

SCCS is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to start in March/April 2017 and work on a new EPSRC-funded project called TAPESTRY that will investigate, develop and demonstrate new cryptographic protocols to enable people, businesses and services to connect safely online. The candidate will be mainly working with Dr Mark Manulis on the design, security analysis and implementation of privacy-oriented cryptographic protocols that use zero-knowledge proofs, distributed ledger technologies and authentication mechanisms. More information at

Open research position on human-assisted data loss prevention (DLP)

We are recruiting an MSc / good first (UG) degree holder to work on a new Innovate UK funded KTP project about human-assisted DLP (data loss prevention) following a hybrid human-machine computing paradigm.

Verifiable Electronic Voting on the radar

This year’s European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies took place last month, with the conference topic as “New technologies in elections: public trust and challenges for electoral management bodies” [1].   Conclusion 21 of the conference “pointed to the issue of verifiability of the vote if electronic voting is used and the importance of providing effective means of verification whilst conducting e-enabled elections”.

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