Trust, identity, privacy and security in large-scale infrastructures (TIPS-at-scale).

The programme

Within the next few years the number of devices connected to each other and the Internet will outnumber humans by almost 5:1. These connected devices will underpin everything from healthcare and transport to energy, manufacturing and finance. In order to maximise the socio-economic benefits of this revolutionary change we need to address the myriad trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) challenges raised by such large, interconnected infrastructures. Doctoral students within the CDT will gain interdisciplinary research training and skills to help tackle these challenges at scale - developing both the technical skills needed while simultaneously studying how to understand the challenges as being fundamentally human and social too.

For more information, including programme structure, funding, staff profiles and entry requirements, please see programme details.

Why study this subject/area at the Universities of Bristol and Bath?

From Day 1, you will learn to approach the problems of cyber security (trust, identity, privacy and security) from an at-scale perspective, working with experts and students from across science, behavioural science, engineering and social sciences and law disciplines. Our approach is fundamentally different from regular research training, which often takes a single disciplinary viewpoint and focuses on addressing these challenges in systems that are orders of magnitude less complex. You will, therefore, be much more attuned to the realities of tackling these problems in real-scale infrastructures after you graduate from the programme. Equally importantly, you will learn to reflect on and analyse the impact of security and privacy technologies on society, rooted in a framework for responsible innovation.

And you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on realistic large-scale infrastructures especially the state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things testbed - one of the few facilities of its kind internationally - at Bristol. At the same time, you will take part in innovation challenges with entrepreneurs in residence at the Bath Innovation Centre and Bristol’s Engine Shed - both part of SetSquared, the world’s number one university-business incubator.

You will learn from leading experts in this field at the Universities of Bristol and Bath as well as leading experts in industry and from major international research centres.

The University of Bristol is:

  • one of the EPSRC-NCSC Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) with a major focus on cyber security and cryptography in large-scale infrastructures.
  • leads projects as part of three national research institutes on cyber security as well as playing a major role in the UK research hub on Cyber Security of Internet of Things.
  • leads the National Cyber Security Programme project on developing a cyber security body of knowledge (CyBOK) and you will have an opportunity to learn from the foundations developed in CyBOK by leading researchers across the world as part of your PhD studies.

The University of Bath leads major programmes of research on human aspects of security and privacy including leading:

  • the ‘Online Behaviour’ programme in the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), – an independent Centre commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which is funded in part by the UK security and intelligence agencies.
  • work on ambient messaging for cybersecurity behaviour change, phishing vulnerability and training, the measurement of cybersecurity at organisation-wide levels, and cybersecurity across the lifespan (cSALSA) as part of the Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security.
  • research across psychology, management and social science on trust, identity, risk, perception, decision making, radicalization and security science.
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Centre Director
Professor Awais Rashid 

Centre Deputy Director
Professor Adam Joinson 

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