Cybersecurity incidents cost Sweden and the rest of the world billions each year. The costs for society and companies include loss and damage of data, loss of productivity, theft of intellectual property, personal data and money, fraud, extortion, costs of system and data restoration etc. With the proliferation of digitalization, IoT and cloud, cybersecurity threats as well as opportunities will further increase.

In order to protect both Swedish society and keep Swedish industry competitive we need to address a number of fundamental cybersecurity challenges that new connected applications bring: both technical and social.

This competence platform addresses these existing and future cybersecurity problems that are relevant for the industry and society. RISE offer our large expertise and will as well build up new cybersecurity competences and define projects that make it possible to tackle cybersecurity problems and find general solutions to existing and future challenges.

The cybersecurity competence within RISE spans over a large number of application areas and topics. Over 20 full-time researchers are currently active in cybersecurity work, which cover fundamental technical security research (cryptography, software security, network security, blockchain security) as well as area (IoT, cloud, 5G, and SDN) and application (national authorities & municipalities, automotive, smart industry and cities) specific research. The research topics vary from societal and human factors related to privacy and security concerns, to organisational processes and technology.

Onwards also new areas will be exploited and in the first coming years we have defined two key areas for our immediate competence build up: Data Ownership by Design (DOD) and Secure System of Systems (S3). For both of these key areas we will increase our abilities on Security Analytics, Digital Trust & Privacy, Software (SW) Security, and Organisational and Human Aspects.

In Security Analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Machine Learning will be used for detecting, protecting and correcting intrusion attacks. Regarding Digital Trust & Privacy, the research will concentrate on usability, regulation and how blockchains can be used to protect privacy and build trust. The SW security area will look at formal methods and isolation technics and confidentiality. Organisational and Human Aspects however, we will study how Security can be the easiest option, i.e. not making security a burden but more a help, this together with processes and economical aspects


Thomas Carnehult, thomas.carnehult [at], RISE Centre for Cybersecurity