From Pacemakers to Codebreakers: Risk, Privacy, Security and Trust in the World of Today (and Tomorrow)

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

The University is rallying its research talents to tackle the global challenges of managing risks and maintaining privacy, security and trust in today’s digital world.

The complex, cross-disciplinary nature of these challenges means your discipline may well be able to propose improved and new ways of tacking them and there are significant opportunities for research with £1.9 bn of government funding over 5 years earmarked for addressing these very broad issues (often lumped together as 'cyber security'). The University has prioritised this area as a focus for engagement with the city in response to strong interest from Manchester city-region government, industry, academia and GCHQ in exploring cross-sector collaboration.

Our vision is to bring researchers and academics from across disciplines in a community building event on 5th July 2017 to explore the University’s relevant strengths - from more traditional security research, including privacy and confidentiality, to applications in business health, law, economics and beyond.

Many disciplines have contributions to make, for example:

  • Behavioural psychology is designing systems that treat people as respected contributors not the biggest threat.
  • Social scientists are studying covert social networks and investigating the confidentiality and privacy issues that arise from the collection, dissemination and analysis of data
  • New laws and regulations are being crafted that re-evaluate classical boundaries.
  • Physics is driving the next generation of encryption.
  • Engineering is making it work in practice in “smart factories,” where cyber-physical systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralized decisions
  • Immunology is providing analogies that help information systems and their carrier networks look after themselves.
  • Computer science and mathematics are fundamental disciplines
  • Criminology, forensic science, economics and many more …

At the workshop we hope that you will find that, although you will have your own focus, this is something where your discipline almost certainly has skills, mindsets, and ways of doing things that can address the challenges.

To register your interest in attending this event, please click here. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed about future events, please click here.

A provisional agenda for the event can be viewed here.

Further information about attending speakers and an event timetable will be circulated in the coming weeks. For further information about the event, please feel free to direct any queries you may have to matthew.thomas@manchester.ac.uk