Two lecturers from the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber (EWIC) from Cranfield University’s School of Defence and Security have won funding from Samsung to develop a next generation monitoring and protection system for internet of things (IoT) enabled devices. 

Often referred to as ‘smart’ devices the internet of things (IoT) describes the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. The scope of the project includes digital video cameras commonly employed for surveillance, smart home routers, smart watches, and temperature sensors connected to the internet.

Dr Paul Yoo, Lecturer in Security and Forensic Computing, and Dr Taufiq Asyhari, Lecturer in Networks and Communications, have been awarded US$100,000 from the Samsung 2017 Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program.

Their project is one of only four winners in the security and privacy theme of Samsung's highly competitive global academic research collaboration programme for 2017. The project proposes a next generation anomaly intrusion detection and prevention system (IDPS) for IoT-enabled devices to strengthen cyber-security on everyday items.

Dr Yoo, said: “I’m really excited about this amazing recognition from Samsung as it brings together a diverse team of academics across data analytics, security and information theory.

“Through this interdisciplinary research, we hope to develop new knowledge that spans the gap between lightweight machine learning theories and internet of things based security software design, ultimately opening up new areas of research in both of these fields.

Dr Asyhari, added: “The problem we aim to address here is the capability of detecting anomalous behaviours in emerging IoT networks.

“The project will draw together a unique complementary set of expertise in machine learning and information theory to design next generation prevention systems that are not only responsive, but also energy-efficient and computationally less demanding.” 

The award – initially for one year, with the possibility of extension for up to three years – includes funding for one research student to work on exploring the patterns of dynamic networks based on IoT data.

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About the Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program

World-class university researchers have been annually invited since 2009 to propose novel research ideas and to work with Samsung’s R&D teams to foster technological innovation. This has resulted in actively collaborative relationships with over 100 leading universities worldwide. More information can be found here.

About Cranfield University

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