Security Lancaster will prioritise making contributions in three areas: cyber security, investigative expertise, and security futures. Among our key priorities will be to:
- develop new mechanisms to increase the resilience of the Future Internet and security of communications therein
- address cyber security challenges posed by embedded devices and mobile/wireless network infrastructures
- develop methods for sense-making of large, heterogeneous information sources such as online social networks and similar communication forums
- develop methods for influencing and gleaning intelligence from cyber security behaviours and studying the use of identity in cyber crime
- provide advice on how to respond to risks posed by unanticipated cyber threats
- deliver specialised training to law enforcement and other security-related organizations
- develop new methods of interacting with the public that are culturally-sensitive and effective at resolving suspicions
- develop technologies that aid investigative decision making and analysis
- develop fundamental understanding of the motivations behind criminal activities to support prevention initiatives
- create dialogue and collaboration on the future of cyber security in an age of digital geopolitics
- bring together people from business, academia and the protection industries to create new perspectives on security and global politics.
- develop inter-disciplinary techniques to generate new thinking about future scenarios that will be of use to a range of organizations confronted with a rapidly changing world.
The above list is not exhaustive and the Centre will be inclusive of all Security research at Lancaster. Hence, new areas of focus will be added to the Centre as they gather momentum and critical mass. For instance, there are already plans to add two major themes around child protection and aviation security. The above themes are not orthogonal either and significant overlaps already exist across the themes.
Security Lancaster will deliver innovative outcomes to the above questions through its multi-disciplinary approach. It will do so in partnership with government, industry and other organisations, in order to further current thinking in, and the economic prosperity of, the security sector.