ICT security and cybercrime

Head: Angelo Consoli

It is impossible to imagine how today's society could function without information and communication technologies (ICT). On the other hand, the increased exposure of every social aspect and infrastructure to security weaknesses and issues undoubtedly represents one of the major challenges that 21st century citizen have to face.

The research community is requested to address very important arguments and give answers, taking care of technologies and methodologies, ethical issues, as well as privacy related aspects, that may mine the business continuity of enterprises as well as the geo-political stability and independence at both state and continental level.

The research area on ICT security and cybercrime covers a large spectrum of sciences spanning from human sciences to extremely technological application and research fields, and focuses on 3 main strategic fields:

  • security and safety of critical infrastructures and IoT, including privacy
  • cyber threat intelligence, including OSINT, UMINT, Ethical Hacking and big data and analysis algorithms
  • social engineering 2.0 and privacy related topics

The heritage of the research activities and presence in scientific committees contributes to the creation of an excellent network with a large variety of partners all over Europe.

Recent research projects:

  • RedCyberSG: REDucing the CYBERsecurity Management Skills Gap in SMEs 2018-1-LV01-KA202-046987 - main goal of the project is to provide training for SMEs in Cybersecurity Risk Management (2018-2020)
  • DOGANA: https://www.dogana-project.eu/index.php  ; 18 partners, from 11 different countries, 2015 – 2018. Dogana (www.dogana-project.eu) The project aimed at filling this gap by developing a framework that delivers "Advanced social engineering and vulnerability assessment". The underlying concept of DOGANA is that Social Driven Vulnerabilities Assessments (SDVAs), when regularly performed with the help of an efficient framework, help deploy effective mitigation strategies and lead to reducing the risk created by modern Social Engineering 2.0 attack techniques
  • UPRISE-IOT: User-centric PRIvacy & Security in the IoT  (http://uprise-iot.supsi.ch/index.html); 5 partners, from 4 different countries; 2017 – 2019. The UpriseIoT project is centred on the privacy and security risks for users, devices and for the society as a whole coming from personal and even sensitive data uploaded to several private and public clouds and data gathering services. Central topics are privacy awareness, connectivity, and physical security
  • CYBERROAD: https://www.cyberroad-project.eu/; 20 partners, from 11 different countries, 2014 – 2016. FP7-SEC-2013 (grant agreement no 607642) CyberRoad. The project aimed to identify current and future issues in the fight against cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism in order to draw a strategic roadmap for cybersecurity research