RATTRAP (Guardian Toolkit)

01/11/2011 - 10/02/2013

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The Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance (OCSIA) estimates that the cost of cybercrime to businesses, in the UK alone, is over £21 billion per annum. This project focuses on the real-time assessment of the risks associated with affiliate marketing networks. The OCSIA report refers to this as online fraud and estimates its cost at £1.4 billion. The team at Edinburgh Napier University, led by Professor Bill Buchanan, an acknowledged expert in the field of security and cybercrime, are developing RATTRAP, a software product which provides real-time detection of potential threats and risks to online transactions between businesses and networks providing affiliate marketing services. The work-to-date has been funded by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in London, and thus the team has had access to a wide range of key finance professionals which has guided the early development of this novel product.
RATTRAP (Guardian Toolkit) is a Proof of Concept Fund project funded by Scottish Enterprise. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to .
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  • Cyber-Security
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Project Team

Dr Raja Naeem Akram
(not currently an institute member)
William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Alistair Lawson
Associate Professor (Reader)
+44 131 455 2730
Gillian Brown
(not currently an institute member)
Staci Cumming
(not currently an institute member)
Mr Mathew Miehling
(not currently an institute member)

Associated Publications

Buchanan, W. (2012). Future Risks – Including The Rise of the Hacktivism. In: (Ed.) National Information Security Conference (NISC), , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .