Blockchain for Trustless Security of Critical National Infrastructure
One of the key enabling technologies of smart cities is the Internet of Things (IoT). In recent years, IoT has developed into many areas of application including critical national infrastructure (CNI) such as transport, hospitals and power distribution grid. CNI systems depend heavily on IoT devices to perform autonomous actions or inform human decision makers. The proliferation in IoT applications raised many serious security and privacy concerns. Recently, blockchain has been advocated as a solution for secure data storage and sharing. In this talk, I will start by giving a sneak preview of the blockchain technology. Then, I will outlines how to implement blockchain as a fundamental theory for trustless security for connected CNI. Discussion will investigate technologies which can be utilised to achieve a trustless matrix such as blockchain and peer-distributed security systems, for instance onion-routing, with the wider aim of defining trustless security further. The talk also considers the feasibility of trustless IoT security systems and their application in CNI.
Prof Mohammad Hammoudeh, Chair in Cyber Security, Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University
Mohammad Hammoudeh is a Professor (Chair) of Cyber Security in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Mohammad heads the CfACS Internet of Things Lab he founded in 2016 where he leads a multi-disciplinary group of research associates and PhD students. From this he established the Lab as a leading research hub with a broad portfolio of successful, industry-sponsored projects. Mohammad has been awarded above £2.5M in competitive research funding as Principal/Co-Investigator for 16 research projects. He has a global collaborative research network spanning the academic community, industry, policy makers and wider technology stakeholders in the field of cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and complex highly decentralised systems. He published over 80 refereed conference papers, over 65 peer reviewed journal articles, and is a successful editor of 3 books and many journal special issues. Mohammad supervised 8 PhD candidates to completion is currently co-supervising 5 PhD students. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. Mohammad advised the UK’s Government on law reform related to national cybersecurity security through a number of committees and hearings. He is the co-developed a state of the art unprivileged and trustless computing zero trust security theory. He currently investigates ways of improving industry practice to allow for guaranteed security and distributed computing applications which work effectively every time. This theory of zero trust is rooted in his research on smart cities and critical infrastructure such as smart grid and intelligent transport. Throughout his 15 years research career, Mohammad developed significant insight and expertise into a number of computer science disciplines (such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence) adjacent to his area of specialism (distributed systems). Mohammad is the founder and Executive Editor in Chief of ACM’s Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research and Practice Journal.