The UK has identified cyber attacks as a Tier 1 national
Most research in protecting the national infrastructure has focused around key areas of power (smart grid, smart cities) and transport (ATC, rail).
The UK is highly dependent on maritime operations – economically and in terms of physical survival. Few organisations have the capability to carry out the necessary research in this area.
Plymouth University has well developed interests, in both research and teaching in marine and the marine environment, exemplified by the Marine Institute. We are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution in the area of maritime cyber threats research. The Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group has been formed to bring together leading-edge multidisciplinary research and practical expertise from across the University. The team brings expertise in the core areas of cyber-security and maritime operations, together with psychology researchers, and maritime law and policy experts.
This research expertise, in conjunction with discipline specific teaching and state of the art marine simulation environments, means we can investigate the marine cyber threat at all levels from theory through to practice.