The ISG/ Smart Card Centre (SCC) is proud to be selected as the host of the 6th Workshop in Information Security Theory and Practices (WISTP 2012). The event will be held in June 19-22 in Royal Holloway. The ISG Smart Card Centre (SCC) played a pivotal role (along with colleagues from France, Belgium and Greece) in bringing this workshop into existence. The workshop’s steering committee has managed to make this event successful, recognised and equally important an event that bridges theory and practice in the field of Information Security. It is a testimony to this success that every year the conference presents a strong academic programme, the publisher for the conference proceedings is Springer and the event’s programme committee along with the invited speakers are drawn from international experts in the field. Visit the WISTP website at (www.wistp.org)
The ISG is delighted to announce a research collaboration between The UK Cards Association and the Information Security Group Smart Card Centre (SCC) at Royal Holloway, University of London. The UK Cards Association has become a Member of the SCC and committed significant funding to the core research programme for, at least, the next three years. The collaboration is by no means just about funding as The UK Cards Association is the UK’s card payments industry voice on a wide range of topics and it has a plethora of expertise and influence. The work aims to provide the opportunity for interested parties to be forewarned and better informed of practical attack scenarios that may affect card payment systems.
On the new collaboration, Dr. Konstantinos Markantonakis of the SCC, said:
“The research collaboration with The UK Cards Association is very exciting and it really comes at the right moment. The UK Cards Association brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge into the real world information security problems faced by the UK card payment industry. We believe that this expertise will blend nicely with our existing research thread on the issues of card based and mobile NFC payments, in an attempt to further explore both current and future risks with the ultimate goal of providing adequate countermeasures.”
David Baker, Head of Cards Technical Unit, The UK Cards Association, responded:
“The UK Cards Association is thrilled to be associated with the Royal Holloway, University of London Information Security Group Smart Card Centre and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. Card payments systems are evolving to meet the challenges of the digital age and it is essential that we remain on top of any new threats and vulnerabilities. By forging strong links with the SCC, who are already carrying out research in key areas of interest to the industry, we hope that together we can help shape a more secure future for card payments.”
We are delighted to announce a research collaboration between Orange Labs UK (Orange) and the Information Security Group Smart Card Centre (SCC) at Royal Holloway University of London. Orange has become a Member of the SCC and committed significant funding to the core research programme for at least the next three years. Orange will also be the main sponsor of the SCC Open Day exhibition on the 6th September 2011. The collaboration is by no means just about funding as Orange Labs has a wealth of expertise and influence, and is already providing expert lecturers for the SCC MSc module as well as suggesting MSc projects and offering student internships. A sponsored PhD post will be offered in 2011, jointly supported by the SCC and Orange.
Keith Mayes, Director of the SCC
“The research collaboration with Orange Labs is very exciting and just ticks all the boxes. They have a lot of experts and access to latest technology; they are also actively engaged with our projects and students who they see as potential employees of the future. The added bonus is that Orange Labs is just along the road in Chiswick.”
Francois-Xavier Lecarpentier. CTO Orange Labs UK
“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the SCC and be associated with its reputation and activities. The SCC is a good match for some of our industry research objectives and it is very useful to have a local source of such well qualified students. I am looking forward to building on the relationship over the coming years.”
Dr Keith Mayes, Director of the Smart Card Centre, at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been awarded £ 50,000 by the PARK commercialisation fund to lead the development of an RFID/smartcard attack detector product prototype, with Dr Gerhard Hancke as the lead developer. Read More
Dr Keith Mayes, Director of the ISG Smart Card Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, has completed a solo unsupported cycle ride between Land’s End and John O’Groats, covering more than 1,000 miles.
The trip was to raise money for Cancer Research UK; and Hungerford Round Table agreed to match the direct fundraising up to a further £2,000, and resulted in Dr Mayes raising a minimum of £4,000.
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The Royal Holloway Information Security Group (ISG) and its Smart Card Centre (SCC) are pleased to announce that students on the MSc in Information Security may now choose optional modules to specialize in the field of smart card and RFID (radio frequency identification) security systems from September 2009.
The SCC/ISG has been selected to conduct the counter expertise analysis of the Dutch OV-Chipkaart system on behalf of the Dutch government. It is in response to some
recently published attacks on Mifare Classic smart cards(on which some OV-Chipkaarts are currently based).
The pdf file containing more details can be found on the downloadable resources page.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Keith Mayes, director of Information Security Group’s Smart Card Centre, has been awarded a prestigious IET Fellowship. The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) awards fellowships to researchers and industrialist who demonstrate successful leadership and outstanding services in the field of engineering and technology before a panel of IET members.
Prof Konstantinos Markantonakis, Dr Raja Naeem Akram and Mr James Tapsell, worked successfully into the creation of a patent as a “Technique to record an event and its impact on the data during the lifetime of a data – specific to individual entities represented in the data.” The implementation helps in serving General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rights: Right to Access, Right to Forget, and Right to Rectification (with evidence).
RHUL has invested in further business analysis around the commercialisation opportunities of the technique developed at SCC. Furthermore, it has invested in building a commercial grade implementation of an MVP, in order to provide the stepping stone for commercialising the aforementioned patent.