The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway performs cutting-edge research in many areas. These include the design and evaluation of smart cards, system and mobile security, cryptography, and the integration of security techniques. It was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 1998 and retained its status as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research in 2017.
The MSc Information Security was one of the first distance-learning courses to receive GCHQ certification. (This is now authorised by the National Cyber Security Centre.)
Professor Peter Komisarczuk (BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng) is Director of Distance Learning at the Information Security Group. Peter has worked in various R&D roles at Ericsson, Fujitsu and Nortel Networks in the areas of next generation 'intelligent networks', access and optical networks and internet network technology. He teaches primarily in networks and security.
Professor Fred Piper (BSc, PhD, CEng, CMath, FIEE, ARCS, DIC, FIMA, M.Inst.ISP) was the founding Director of the ISG. He has published over 100 research papers, 6 books (4 on cryptography), and is on the editorial boards of two international journals. Fred has served on committees offering security advice to a number of UK Government departments and agencies.
Professor Keith Martin (BSc, PhD, CMath, FIMA), former Director of the ISG, designs and leads modules on the MSc programme. Keith's research interests include key management, cryptographic applications and securing lightweight networks. He is the author of Everyday Cryptography (Oxford University Press, 2012).