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Future of Cybersecurity Research and Need for National Cybersecurity Research Centre Among Topics Discussed at Annual Colloquium at UCD

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Future of Cybersecurity Research and Need for National Cybersecurity Research Centre Among Topics Discussed at Annual Colloquium at UCD

Future of Cybersecurity Research and Need for National Cybersecurity Research Centre Among Topics Discussed at Annual Colloquium at UCD
May 23
10:02 2019

University College Dublin (UCD) has hosted its 2019 cybersecurity research colloquium (www.ucdcyber.com) to showcase the breadth of world class research being undertaken at the university within this key research area. The colloquium is organised annually by UCD Research and the UCD Institute for Discovery.

This year’s colloquium combined a number of contributions from leading scientists and practitioners from UCD, Mastercard, IBM Research-Ireland, EXEDEC, the University of Lausanne, and DAC Beachcroft, the Dublin law firm who sponsored the event.

Presentations by guest speakers covered topics such as; Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled cybersecurity, cryptography, cybercrime investigation, digital forensics and hardware-related security, along with issues such as network security, privacy, trust, human behaviour, policy, and security-by-design.

A panel session chaired by UCD’s Professor Tahar Kechadi also discussed the increased incidence of cybercrime in Ireland and key challenges and new technologies addressing this trend and the need for strong policy and privacy considerations.

Speaking at the end of the colloquium Professor Kechadi, UCD School of Computer Science and a Principal Investigator at the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics, said: “The discussions during the colloquium clearly indicate that there is a significant need for targeted research funding to further develop scientific excellence in cybersecurity research.”

He added: “In addition the lack of a national cybersecurity research centre is a key gap that needs to be addressed as a priority in order to ensure the development of necessary cybersecurity skills, cutting-edge research and innovation in Ireland.”

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation, and Impact opening the colloquium, said: “Cybersecurity is an area that is a huge strategic priority for Ireland and for us in UCD, as a national leader in cybersecurity research. We know the solutions are not solely technical but will draw also on social sciences in areas such as psychology, behavioural analysis, ethics and law.”

She added: “We want to see this multidisciplinary community come together in a national entity of scale, to deliver solutions of national relevance and global significance. We also want to develop that nexus of policy, education, research and practice with our academic, industry and policy partners nationally and internationally, and this colloquium is an important step towards that.”

Aidan Healy, Legal director at DAC Beachcroft, an international law firm, added: “We were delighted to sponsor this event and to learn more about the new and exciting approaches at UCD to addressing the need for personal privacy while effectively mitigating cybersecurity risk.”

During the colloquium Dr Mathieu Sinn, Manager, Cognitive Data Science, IBM Research-Ireland outlined new methods being developed by IBM to defend AI models against adversarial threats. He said: “I was delighted to take part in this UCD cybersecurity colloquium and provide a demonstration of IBM’s new Adversarial Robustness Toolbox, an open-source software library to support researchers and developers in defending neural networks against adversarial attacks.”

Eoghan Casey, Professor of Digital Forensic Science and Investigation, University of Lausanne, said: “I was delighted to take part in this excellent event and to discuss our exciting new program to train the next generation of cybersecurity and digital forensics leaders. This novel initiative, Cyber Sleuth Lab, is focused on inspiring and equipping young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity and digital forensics, while exploring complex issues associated with cybercrime. It would be great to see something similar introduced here in Ireland.”

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