Cryptography Research Work Wins Innovation of the Year at Principal’s Research Excellence Awards


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Prof Bill Buchanan and Dr Lu Fan, working within The Cyber Academy, won the Innovation of the year at Principal’s Edinburgh Napier Research Excellence Awards. 

The work relates to collaborative work with Payfont on ADeCA (Anonymised Distributed eCloud Architecture), and which implements advanced cryptography to produce security and robust cloud-based systems. It adds to the recent Innovation of the Year award presented at the Interface Knowledge Exchange awards.

It has had a significant impact, including:

  • Winner of the Innovation of the Year 2016 at the Interface Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.
  • Basis for two successful bids for Scottish Enterprise SMART awards.
  • Basis for a new joint patent application (Payfont/Edinburgh Napier).
  • Basis for a new KTP.
  • Foundation for new industry-funded PhD studentships.
  • In a patent search by Scottish Enterprise (as part of a SMART submission), it was rated at the highest level possible, and praised for the high levels of innovation.
Payfont is a Scottish Cybersecurity start-up and worked with Edinburgh Napier University to develop a completely non-linear, dynamic generation of identity and data security that renders data compromise and identity theft virtually impossible statistically, even by the most sophisticated Cybercriminals.

The IP developed by the Edinburgh Napier University team uses data fragments and distributes data making it contextless and anonymous. 

Overall the security method was assessed independently by recognised Cybersecurity professionals and mathematicians as over 1,250 times more secure than best in class online payment security (at 99.9992% assurance). The innovation developed in this collaboration has been submitted as a patent and has been independently validated as having the highest possible level of innovation.

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Lu Fan
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2438
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