Information Security

The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London

The Information Security Group (ISG) is one of the largest academic security groups in the world. The Group regularly hosts international visitors and has close links with leading companies in the area of Information Security. The ISG conducts research in areas such as the design and evaluation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols (where it contributes actively to the international standardization process), smart cards, electronic commerce, security management, mobile telecommunications security, and the integration of security techniques into specific applications.

Research topics include cryptography, key recovery, public key infrastructures, electronic payment protocols, risk analysis and smart card security. Contacts with leading companies allow students to have a privileged view of the latest developments in information security. There are also a number of collaborative projects sponsored by industry, among them:

  • Hewlett-Packard sponsors the Annual Colloquium and research students;
  • Vodafone sponsors a part-time Chair in Telecommunications as well as research students;
  • BT sponsors research students and collaborative research projects;
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers sponsors research projects


A major recent initiative has been the formation of the Smart Card Centre jointly with Giesecke and Devrient, and Vodafone.

In addition to discrete projects, the ISG is involved in both formal and informal industry facing networks. These are critical in ensuring that there is strong industry pull with respect to emerging research themes.

An example of a formal network is the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence. Mobile VCE is the operating name of the Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Personal Communications Ltd, a collaborative partnership of nearly 30 of the world’s most prominent Mobile Communications companies and eight UK Universities each having long standing specialist expertise in relevant areas . RHUL provides the Security expertise.

The Group also connects with industry through more informal themed networks or clubs for more wide-ranging discussion and debate. A recent example was The PKI Club which was established to highlight common problems, exchange views, provide specialized seminars given by invited experts and  share ideas about future developments. The PKI Club was sponsored by the following organisations:

  • Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS)
  • CESG
  • Barron McCann
  • beTRUSTed,
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol
  • Indicii Salus
  • Mondex
  • BT
  • Prudential

The PKI Club has now been replaced by an AIM (authentification and identification management) Club, that has similar aims in this field.

For additional details please go to the ISG homepage or contact us.