Digital Trust & Security

Theme Lead: Professor Emma Barrett

Given our increasing dependence on digital technology, the issue of whether we can trust the systems we use and the people we interact with has become critical. Digital Trust & Security underpins a broad range of societal challenges and is profoundly multidisciplinary. It encompasses the security and resilience of the underlying technology, work practices and processes, law and regulation, human behaviour, social norms and context. Regulation, governance and standards, more traditional security concerns, such as cryptography, access control and verification to the societal and sociological concerns that emerge from  big-data analytics, intrusion, cloud computing and the internet of things.

An apt starting point might be to clarify what cyber security is intended to achieve. For instance, taking the objectives of the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy (defending systems, data and servicesdeterring hostile actors and developing capability) as a starting point highlights a set of research areas of potential relevance.

Levels of Analysis

Valuable research on digital security can focus on any of several different levels of analysis, from individuals to the international community. Researchers working at any one or more of these levels, can help shed light on or provide a different perspective on what digital security means in their particular context.

  • Individuals, e.g., as citizens, as employees, as members of different generational / identity groups
  • Communities, e.g., local / regional networks, cities, identity groups
  • Organisations / sectors, e.g., critical national infrastructure, SMEs, manufacturing industry, healthcare, financial, third sector, tech, education 
  • Government - local, regional, national
  • International partners and communities, e.g., EU, NATO, UN

 

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News

Click here to read our latest news, announcements and funding opportunities in the field of Digital Trust and Security.

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Digital Trust & Security Events Programme

We run a broad series of events across disciplines for the DT&S community to engage in. We also host workshops with high-profile external guests to promote collaboration and research bid development.

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GM Cyber Foundry

UoM is participating in a £6m Business Support project to offer support to local enterprises and generate innovation in Cyber Security.

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DT&S Community and Newsletter

Interested in contributing to the Digital Trust & Security Community? Get in contact and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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Funding Opportunities

Information for pending research calls in the field of Digital Trust and Security. We encourage collaboration between DT&S members of disparate research disciples to develop inter-faculty projects.

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Steering Group

Information about the formation and expertise of our current Digital Trust and Security Steering Group. We meet every two months to discuss strategy and plan future activities.

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