Earlier this year Belfast hosted the inaugural World Cyber Security Technology Research summit. IT experts from around the world discussed the key priorities for protecting individuals, businesses and governments in tomorrow’s cyber world.
Yesterday the UK’s National Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) published its findings, which you can read here.
The report identified 4 key research areas of critical importance:
Adaptive cyber technologies – research objectives in this area would include the development of self-learning cyber security technologies; self awareness in cyber systems; the establishment of feedback in cyber systems to learn from cyber attacks.
Protection of Smart Utility Grids – research aims in this field could comprise: smart grid requirements gathering methodology; protection technologies for smart grids components; secure technologies for smart grid communications; smart grid and home area network integration that provides for the privacy and security of collected information; development of smart grid standards
Security Of the Mobile Platform and Applications – research in this space should target not only malicious applications, but also mobile cyber security problems introduced by the configuration and use of mobile networks, including network availability, mobile web browsers and caller authentication
Multi-faceted Approach to CyberSecurity Research – research must take into account social behavioural norms and societal desires in cyber space, cyber space policies, the impact of cyber and other legislation and the economics of cyber space and cyber security.