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 spans 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, (e.g., local, regional, national)
  • International partners and communities, (e.g., EU, NATO, UN)

Research Clusters:

Using these criteria, we've established five key research clusters within the Digital Trust & Security theme:

  • Privacy, Trust, Data Protection
  • Cybercrime, Criminals, Victims
  • Workplace Security
  • Computer Science & Security
  • Advanced Mathematics

News & Funding Opportunities

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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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Steering Group

Research Clusters

The Digital Trust & Security theme has activity based around five key research clusters spread across faculties and research areas. Click to read more.

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External Collaborations


Past Digital Trust & Security activity is archived here.

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