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Inferring user behaviour despite wireless network encryption

7 March 2012

John Atkinson

This project is part-funded and jointly supervised by SELEX Galileo. The rise of ubiquitous broadband access and wireless nomadic computing has led to a range of new security threats and methods of hostile access. However, it also provides new opportunities for and challenges to security services looking to intercept, locate and monitor threat and hostile activity.  This project will investigate how networked sensing systems can intelligently monitor communications activity to make informed judgements about potential CYBER-threats, network intrusions, subversions and other hostile activity that comprise either the network communications (e.g. denial of service) or information content (e.g. phishing). 

The project will also look to build on previous and relevant PhD research undertaken at UCL relating to biologically inspired content based routing concepts for network sensing applications. For this project this bio-inspiration thread also has particular relevance for developing monitoring approaches that exploit new CYBER concepts such as digital DNA. To start with this project will be based on current internet technology but will then progress to cover developments for next generation internet concepts and protocols.  

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, is a leader in defence electronics markets, with a distinctive strength in airborne mission critical systems and a wide range of capabilities for the battlefield and for homeland security applications. With a 7000-strong international workforce in five continents SELEX serves needs for situational awareness, protection and sensors systems solutions.