Cardiff to play key role in £14 million IoT security centre

Cardiff University is set to play a key role in a £14 million national centre of excellence for security around the Internet of Things.

The University’s Centre Cyber Security Research will lead the research of critical safety technologies at the National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, which is part of a wider UK Government IoT initiative.

Researchers at Cardiff University will work alongside other universities and organisations as part of the PETRAS (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability, and Security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity.

They’ll research opportunities and threats generated by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that move from being centralised systems to operating at the periphery of the internet and local IoT networks.

Pete Burnap, professor of data science & cybersecurity in the School of Computer Science & Informatics, said:  “IoT technology is at the heart of future society and Cardiff University will be leading on security in supply chains and control systems that underpin critical national infrastructure.

“Our work on the fusion of AI and risk modelling to better understand cascading failure under cyber-attack will transform the next generation of cyber security methodologies that protect IoT devices deployed in critical infrastructures of the future.”

Launched in 2016 and funded by UK Research and Innovation, PETRAS has facilitated the collaboration of 11 universities and 110 companies. Cardiff University’s involvement marks the start of the second phase of PETRAS.

Professor Lynn Gladden, executive chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), said: “Funded through UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund, this IoT Centre of National Excellence will build on our previous investment in the initial PETRAS Hub in 2016.

“The work of this new Centre is vital for the evolution of the interconnected technologies that will permeate our society in the coming years.

“The strength and variety of industry and academic partners involved is evidence of the strength of the PETRAS team and the importance of research and innovation in this field.”