Imperial College London is a UK National Cyber Security Centre Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Imperial academics are playing a leading role in cyber security policy development. Here is a selection of recent insights:

1. Need a primer on AI, IoT, quantum technology, cyber physical systems, synthetic biology and other technology trends shaping the security landscape?

The UK Government Defence and Security Accelerator, which has its London hub at Imperial’s White City Campus, has written a comprehensive survey of the major technology trends affecting security: Future Technology Trends in Security.

Two tutors on Imperial’s short course Cyber Security for Business Executives contributed to the report, Professor Chris Hankin, Co-Director of the Imperial Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST), and Dr Paul Taylor, Partner and UK Head of Cyber Security for KPMG in the UK. Also involved were Imperial’s AI-expert Professor Nick Jennings and quantum technology expert Professor Sir Peter Knight.

2. How should we respond to the cyber risks arising from the Internet of Things and connected systems?

Imperial’s Professor Nick Jennings was formerly the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security. Written and reviewed by some of the leading figures in UK cyber security, his working group’s report for the Royal Academy of Engineering, Cyber Safety and Resilience, sets out the measures business and government need to take to strengthen the safety and resilience of all connected systems. A vital read for everyone involved in connected health devices, national infrastructure and the internet of things.

3. What does AI mean for cyber security?

The Imperial ISST’s Professor Chris Hankin gave evidence to the House of Lords on the cyber security risks of AI. He discussed the potential for AI to facilitate automatic defensive systems that can detect attacks, repair themselves and mitigate against attacks, much like the human immune system.

Imperial’s Dr Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye heads Imperial’s Computational Privacy Group and is a special adviser to the EU’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. His fascinating recent Imperial Data Science Institute white paper argues that our current data anonymisation strategies may not be sufficient to ensure our privacy, such is the power of AI.


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