Research & Initiatives

The Centre serves as a national focal point for dissemination and consultation on cybersecurity management and cyber resilience via workshops, media, engagement with community and industry stakeholders.The Centre is working closely with organisations and agencies whose mission it is to protect the Digital Economy and general public from cybercrime such as police, particularly the West Midlands Police, GCHQ, the PCPI and the Police Digital Security Centre. Our work with stakeholders enables the Centre to enhance protections and mitigate cyber risks to individuals, to companies and organisations, and to wider society. 

CSI continues to develop and bring together early career researchers including PhDs and researchers from within the University and external to it, thereby ensuring a sustainable pipeline of applicable research in this important area.

EU and UKRI-funded Research Projects 

Consent Management by Receipts (£31,942)
CyberASAP is a joint initiative of UK DCMS, KTN, and Innovate UK.  Our project Consent Management by Receipts (CMbyReceipts) will look into novel approaches to operationalise Consent Management on the Internet, a key component of Data Protection, with Consent Receipts. Jan 2022- Jul2022

RKE Pump Priming Fund (£20,000)
This project enables knowledge exchange and policy support in the WM for research and mapping of the FinTech cybersecurity ecosystem; considered in this context to be the current environment, conditions and interventions that exist to influence or affect Fintech-focused cybersecurity companies.

Jan 2022- Jul2022

Cyber Explorer (£53,960)
Project evaluating the gamification strategy in cyber skills acquisition. Cyber Explorers, an initiative led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), showcases how the skills being taught in class are linked to real world situations, through an immersive, gamified learning experience. Aston is delivering this learning platform to teach cyber skills to school pupils in the WM region. Jan 2022- Jul2022

Cyber Ecosystem Mapping (£180,000)

Project for Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), led by EY Government and Public Sector Cyber Security and Aston University. This project provides DCMS with research and mapping of the UK’s cybersecurity ecosystem across all regions, to inform future investment and decision-making that will support sector-wide growth and integration.  Jan 2022- Jul 2022

Cyber ASAP – Consent Management by Receipts (£31,942)
CyberASAP is a joint initiative of UK DCMS, KTN, and Innovate UK.  Our project Consent Management by Receipts (CMbyReceipts) will look into novel approaches to operationalise Consent Management on the Internet, a key component of Data Protection, with Consent Receipts. 

Jan 2022- Jul2022

Privacy Enhancing Mechanism for Cyber Threat Intelligence (£7,500)

This project uses advance privacy protection technologies and adapt Differential Privacy methods to support development of privacy-enhancing mechanisms for public sharing of cyber threat intelligence (CTI). Jan 2022- Jul2022

Horizon 2020  TRACE - tracing illicit money flows  € 7 000 000.00, 

17 partners including European national crime agencies and police authorities. A Research and Innovation Action (RIA) responding to SU-FCT02-2020 -- Technologies to Enhance the Fight Against Crime and Terrorism Detecting and tracing hidden and illicit money flows are notoriously difficult, as organised crime networks operate on a global scale and use legal loopholes, as well as technical innovations to protect their activities. In TRACE, the partners will co-create with LEAs, develop and use highly innovative complex data management solutions in combination with modular artificial intelligent analytics to enhance LEAs capabilities in detecting, tracing, confiscating and recovering illicit money flows and generating court-proof e-evidence.

ESRC DiSCRIBE CALL TOPIC 3: Regulation, Policy and Cybersecurity £52,389.00

Project Aim: Carry out research on the regulatory landscape within the UK digital sector, which is focused on the design and use of hardware security as part of digital products and services.

European Commission €275,065.00 for a two-year project titled Early Digital Diagnostics and Intervention

​Led by Aston Business School, a consortium of SMEs and stakeholders aims to design a blockchain enabled app for behavioural analytics and prevention.

GCRF 2019/2020 Research and Innovation Global Review of the Virtual Financial Assets ( VFA ) Regulatory Frameworks: £50,000.00

Transnational Partnership in Blockchain and Crypto currency innovation between the UK and Caribbean ODA/LDC states.