University College Dublin (UCD), Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre



UCD, established in 1854, is Ireland’s largest university with over 30,000 students. The School of Computer Science’s teaching programmes at undergraduate and taught graduate levels are informed by its research activities in data science, computer networking and software engineering with over 100 postdocs and PhD students working in the school. UCD also hosts the Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation (CCI), which is a unique, world-class education and research centre with strong and well-established collaborative relationships with law enforcement and industry, Interpol, Europol, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Through UCD, CyberSec4Europe has access to the expertise and facilities at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. Headquartered at the University of Limerick, Lero is a dispersed centre of excellence in software engineering that brings together research teams from nine other Irish academic institutions.

Lero utilises its expertise in both design-time and run-time software engineering research across many application areas relevant to its industrial partners, currently over 40 multinational companies and SMEs.

For CyberSec4Europe UCD is leading on adaptive security and is contributing on usable security and privacy. Lero’s expertise is an important support for the activities on adaptive security, particularly in relation to the design and implementation of adaptive security systems from requirements elicitation to security control enforcement. Moreover, Lero research has also proposed an asset-centric approach to elicit and model security requirement of software systems. This research is particularly relevant to support the activities related to modelling and visualization of assets, security requirements and controls, user tasks, threats and attacks, and vulnerabilities and security risks.