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System Security

About the group

In an increasingly uncertain world, the need for the security of citizens, data and critical infrastructure is a major concern. A parallel but not unrelated body of research acknowledges safety needs requiring rigorous engineering, fail-proof mechanisms and protection systems to ensure a dependable design and reliable operation. The Cyber Security Group at the Institute for Future Transport and Cities at Coventry University is a team of multi-disciplinary researchers addressing issues of systems security for automotive, rail and connected infrastructure.

Meet the team

 Dr. Siraj Shaikh

Prof. Siraj Shaikh (Group leader)

Cyber security

 Dr. Jeremy Bryans Thumbnail

Dr. Jeremy Bryans

Cyber security, formal verification, cyber-physical systems

 Dr. Hoang Nguyen

Dr. Hoang Nguyen

Railway verification, computational logic, model checking and multi-agent systems


Emma Moreton

Cyber security policy making, corpus linguistics


Atif Hussain

Cyber security and computer science

 Dr. Madeline Cheah Thumbnail

Madeline Cheah

Cyber-security, digital forensics and penetration testing

 Dr. Daniel S. Fowler Thumbnail

Daniel S. Fowler

Automotive cyber-security, digital forensics and trustworthy systems

 Andrew Tomlinson Thumbnail

Andrew Tomlinson


 Mike Waters Thumbnail

Mike Waters

Connected & autonomous vehicles, vehicle to infrastructure connectivity

 Stephen Powley Thumbnail

Stephen Powley

Connected & autonomous vehicles, vehicle to infrastructure connectivity

 John Heneghan Thumbnail

John Heneghan

Digital forensics, security testing, systems engineering and automotive cybersecurity


Over the past 6 years, the group has been involved in a number of projects including:

    • CyberOwl, a new commercial venture spun-out of the group in 2016 that is developing early warning systems for the cyberspace;



    • App Collusion Detection (ACiD) (2015-2017), which is funded by the EPSRC, in collaboration with City and Swansea Universities, and with Intel Security as industrial partner. The aim of this work is to develop novel theoretical methods and tools to detect Android applications of suspected collusion;


    • Unmanned Distribution Capability (2011-2013), which was funded by the MoD to investigate communication resilience for semi-autonomous military logistics vehicles;


  • Efficient and Reliable Transportation of Consignments (ERTOC) (2010-2012), which was funded by InnovateUK and EPSRC, and led by Ricardo, to build an open-API data-centric approach to logistics routing and payload sharing aimed at reducing carbon footprint.


Automotive cybersecurity poses a major challenge to connected and autonomous vehicles. This course addresses the wider challenge of increasing digital and software components on connected platforms and focusses specifically on threat intelligence and engineering aspects of automotive systems. Issues of policy and personal data are also explored.

This course is for engineers, scientists and consultants with an interest in cybersecurity of connected and autonomous vehicles; automotive manufacturers, electronics designers and suppliers, components manufacturers and software tool developers; and policy makers, academics and researchers.


 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021