British Telecommunications Public Limited Company

Short Name: 
United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: 
Mark Shackleton


Multi-Staged Attacks & Advanced Malware
Research Work

To develop techniques that improve the likelihood of detecting evasions unfolding of potentially long periods of time. To develop new defence mechanisms for general classes of malware including as-yet unseen variants of current examples and defences that combine protection against binary-exploits with likely use of social engineering and other mechanisms (such as privilege escalation) in multi-stage attacks.

Cyber Security Operations management systems and services and EU policy compliance
Research Work

My research topic, as ESR9, includes research and training in the design, development, and operations of cyber-security management platforms and their compliance to EU policies associated with the European Cyber-security directive.
Focus will be on developing cyber security operations centre functions for applications, systems, and data hosted in 3rd party private and/or public cloud environment.
It integrates innovation on threat detection, threat assessment, risk-based decision making, incident remediation planning and response coordination.
My work will also focus on social-technical research in cyber-security, including analysis of trust, reputation and influence in social networks and methods to protect against social engineering attacks.
The main work package I work on is ‘Work Package 3’ (leader: BT) and my main task aims to defines a reference model for cyber-security management of Enterprise and Telecom systems and an associated cyber-defence managed service that utilizes innovations from emerging technologies in network and IT system security monitoring and enforcement, security information collection, security risk analysis, mitigation planning, counter-measure impact analysis, response coordination and enforcement.
Demonstration of tools and methods to improve multi-stage attack, detection, analysis, remediation impact assessment.