Project looks for secure comms for military and shoppers - Embedded.com

Project looks for secure comms for military and shoppers

LONDON — Technology being developed by De Montfort University (DMU) academics could result in more secure communication between soldiers and also reduce the risk of online shoppers becoming victims of cyber crime.

DMU (Leicester, England) researchers have been awarded more than £250,000 to investigate issues surrounding trust management by the Data Information Fusion Defense Technology Centre (DIF DTC). The DIF DTC is a research consortium, led by General Dynamics U.K. Ltd. in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), of which the University is a member.

The project aims to develop software which can assess the risk factors involved in carrying out a certain action and then generate a recommendation by drawing on numerous information sources. This software could be used in military scenarios to help assess how secure lines of communication are.

The technology could also be used in a commercial arena for advising online shoppers of a website's trustworthiness. The software would do this by gathering information from online sources to establish how often information fed to the site had been misused or mishandled and then offering an assessment of how risky or safe it would be to complete a transaction.

Professor Hussein Zedan, of DMU's Software Technology Research Laboratory and lead academic on the project said, “Trust management and security are hot topics for research and industry at present and the project will look at how software can be used to address these important issues.

“We will investigate how software can gather information about a given situation, be it a military scenario or an online shopping transaction, and then use that data to produce a recommendation on whether or not to proceed.

The MoD established the Defence Technology Centres (DTC) to carry out cutting-edge research to enhance the U.K.'s defence capability.

The Data Information Fusion DTC is a consortium of private companies and universities and as well as General Dynamics U.K., includes BT, QinetiQ, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Cranfield University, Imperial College London, the University of Southampton and the University of Surrey.

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