Research in the following six thrust areas is underway in the Centre:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Privacy
  • Quantum-safe cryptosystems
  • Cryptography
  • Policy-making and regulation
  • Security and vulnerabilities in current and future systems and devices

The Centre will nurture and enhance Canada’s leadership position in cybersecurity and privacy research by partnering with industry to collaborate on the following research thrusts:

  • Security analytics to extend today’s security information and event management systems using data science and machine learning to meet industry challenges with a distinctive emphasis on assistive analytics, relying on human analysts “in the loop”;
  • Privacy enhancing technologies to enable financial institutions to provide services while protecting personal information, such as identity and location, by reducing the amount of information needed to be disclosed by users;
  • Developing post-quantum cryptosystems by analyzing quantum attacks to propose robust classical cryptosystems,and benchmarking these systems in terms of quantum attack cost estimates, to propose new standards for quantum-safe cryptosystems;
  • Authentication and identity to accelerate adoption of digital technologies in legal contracts, financial instruments, professional logs and records, and elections;
  • Intrusion resilience to address the weakness of the longstanding perimeter-oriented approach to security;
  • Trusted clouds to achieve resilience against intrusion and abuse for cloud tenants by enabling cloud providers to aid tenants as trusted security partners;
  • Blockchains and cryptocurrencies, leveraging on Waterloo’s data systems expertise to create distributed block chain databases and research, propose and build new cryptocurrencies;
  • Quantum cryptography including theory, implementations, real-world security analysis (side-channels, etc), systems-level research, integration with networks, etc.; and
  • Usable security and privacy: we will involve social scientists and human computer interaction specialists to understand user behaviours that lead to circumventing security or sacrificing privacy, and inform policy-making, regulation and legislation.