15 May 2014 15:02

Security Lancaster will be appearing at one of the UK’s most prestigious science festival this summer to discuss threats posed by the increased connectivity of the world around us.

Dr Daniel Prince, associate director of Security Lancaster - a Lancaster University research centre - will appear at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival to talk about the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is the term given for everyday objects, and infrastructure, that are connected to the Internet so they can provide live data, and be controlled, remotely.

Dr Prince will take to the stage with the BBC’s Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, and Andy Stanford-Clark, an IBM research engineer who has a house that Tweets.

“Fridges that automatically replace your milk, cars that tell your coffee machine you are almost home and dynamic road maintenance based on real-time conditions – these are just some of the benefits that could arise from the Internet of Things,” said Dr Prince. “However, with all the benefits come certain risks. As more and more objects become attached to connected systems, they become more vulnerable to malicious threats.

“I am excited to be discussing these issues at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. This is a very prestigious event and I am looking forward to representing Lancaster University on stage with two fantastic panellists.”

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival takes place from June 3-8.

Previous guests at the event have included science heavyweights such as Peter Higgs and each year the festival has famous guest directors such as Dara O’Briain and Brian Cox.

More information on Security Lancaster can be found by visiting http://www.security-centre.lancs.ac.uk/