MULTOS Collaboration with the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London

MULTOS Collaboration with the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London

Posted on 11 July, 2017 in Category

London, UK – 11th July 2017 – The MULTOS Consortium, a group of international blue chip organisations responsible for the promotion and development of the MULTOS specifications, announced today that it has helped create a new course for MSc students of the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). As part of the MSc module on Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security students will learn to develop MULTOS applications in stages, adding increasing levels of functionality and security as the course progresses. The aim is to provide MSc students with MULTOS technology experience, highlighting the many security and flexibility benefits it can provide for smart cards, embedded and connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and ultimately supporting applications developed for consumer and industrial solutions.

The MULTOS Consortium has been supporting the ISG since 2013 both at the Smart Card Centre exhibitions and with post-graduate lecturing. The new course with its practical approach uses MULTOS software development kits, supporting tools, and real-life examples of how to make applications secure, so as to counter a range of potential attacks, such as buffer overflows, timing analysis and brute force attacks. A full set of worked solutions is also available to help those with little programming experience to understand the concepts and technology.

Professor Keith Mayes Head of the ISG, and Head of the School of Maths and Information Security at RHUL, comments “I am delighted with the on-going support from MULTOS and it is always a pleasure to work with Chris Torr, who has been a visiting lecturer for some years. The challenge was to give students more hands-on experience that could continue outside of the classroom, yet would be useful to students with little programming experience. The feedback from the trial run was very positive, and so I plan to offer this training within the MSc module for the coming academic year.”

Chris Torr, Technical Manager of the MULTOS consortium, says “I would like to thank the students and Professor Keith Mayes for their support and collaboration. The student feedback from the course testing has been invaluable and will assist with future development of the course as well as MULTOS tools. The MULTOS Consortium is pleased to be working with the ISG and looks forward to supporting our experts of the future to contribute to the evolving digital security eco-system.”


About The ISG at Royal Holloway University of London:
The Information Security Department at Royal Holloway University of London, more commonly known as the Information Security Group(ISG), was founded in 1990 in response to the needs of industry and government in the field of information/cyber security; indeed in 1998 the ISG received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for its pioneering efforts in education and research. It is a recognised GCHQ Acadmic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, which hosts one of only two GCHQ/EPSRC UK Centres for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security and its educational programmes are formally recognised by GCHQ. It runs one of the largest post-graduate (MSc/PhD) cyber security training programmes in the World and at InfoSec 2017 received the SC award for “Best Cyber Security Education Programme”.

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MULTOS is the most robust, industry-backed high security smart card platform, delivering simplicity and innovation to the world’s leading card and e-passport issuers. With a figure in excess of 1 billion issued smart cards and smart devices across more than 45 countries, thousands of issuers, including national governments, banks, corporate enterprises and transit authorities have taken advantage of the high security, multi-application platform for their deployment programmes. A wide range of applications including EMV payment, contactless payment, authentication, digital identity, biometrics, loyalty and mass-transit ticketing, and connected smart devices may be implemented, and co-reside, using a MULTOS powered chip.
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