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UCL Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Department of Computer Science, UCL

Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 16:00 to 19:00 (BST)

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UCL is recognised by EPSRC and GCHQ as a Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.  We will be welcoming several new academics to the Centre with an afternoon of short talks followed by a drinks reception. The Director of the ACE-CSR Dr Jens Groth is cordially inviting you to join us on this occasion.

Confirmed speakers:

16:10 Welcome by Dr Jens Groth

16:20 Dr Sarah Meiklejohn

16:45 Dr Gianluca Stringhini

17:10 Dr Steven Murdoch

17:35 Prof. Angela Sasse

17:50 Adjourn for drinks reception



Dr Sarah Meiklejohn: Flexible Models for Secure Systems

Abstract: Modern computing and interactions have become increasingly complex over the last decade, resulting in an online ecosystem with many more options for users, but less transparent information about their security and, in particular, their privacy.  To address these broad challenges, my research combines approaches from both the cryptography and security communities (among others), and looks at both the future design of systems resilient to existing attacks and how to measure the security of systems that have been deployed already.  In this talk, I will highlight a recent project that examines user anonymity in the Bitcoin network and finds that an average Bitcoin user is experiencing a fairly low level of anonymity, making Bitcoin ultimately unattractive for criminal activity such as money laundering.

Dr Gianluca Stringhini: Detecting Malicious Activity on Online Social Networks

Abstract: Malicious activity on online social networks can be of very different nature. Over the last years we have witnessed fake accounts spreading spam and malware, accounts belonging to popular news outlets being compromised and spreading fake news, celebrities increasing their perceived popularity by purchasing followers, and many others. In this talk I will provide an overview of our efforts in detecting and mitigating malicious activity on online social networks. I will then discuss the challenging of detecting malicious accounts on other online services, for which we do not have a specific threat model, such as online dating sites.

Dr Steven Murdoch: Payment Security: Attacks & Defences

Abstract: Card fraud is going up, despite the wider deployment of Chip and PIN. How has the security been bypassed and why did fraud increase after Chip and PIN was introduced?


Prof. Angela Sasse: To Boldly Go: where next for Information Security?



The address and a map can be found on the right hand side.

 Visitors can gain access to Malet Place Engineering Building (MPEB) via the Front Engineering Building (the first building on the left, at the Malet Place gate). On entering the building, please go to the Reception (Ground floor) to sign in. You will then be shown to the stairs/lifts. Go to the 1st floor and go straight on through the metal door, cross over using the link bridge (which leads into MPEB), and once you are in MPEB turn left down a small flight of stairs to reach the lecture theatre MPEB 1.02.

Nearby stations: Godge Street (Northern line), Euston Square(Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines), Russel Square (Picadilly line), Warren Street (Victoria line) and Euston mainline station.

Contact: Jens Groth - j.groth AT

UCL ACE-CSR link: Seminar series

Do you have questions about UCL Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research? Contact Department of Computer Science, UCL

When & Where

Department of Computer Science, UCL
Malet Place
Lecture theatre MPEB 1.02
WC1E 7JE London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 16:00 to 19:00 (BST)

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