About us

The IIT cyber security Lab is devoted to perform research activities, training and education, networking and dissemination in the wide field of cyber security.

The Lab will cover many research areas in a collaborative manner, by exploiting synergies among the different research groups involved.

Main Areas Covered:

It will cover generally 4 main areas:

  • Cyber risk management: The methodologies and techniques to assess the risk level of complex cyber infrastructures and define the management of such risks
  • Cyber protection: The methodologies and techniques to protect the cyber world from attacks. It covers from IoT systems till large application domain as smart grids).
  • Cyber crime and forensic: The methodologies and techniques for studying criminal activities in the cyber world and provide means for managing evidence to be used in forensic
  • Cyber intelligence: The methodologies and the techniques devoted to the collection and analysis of information from visible and dark web (including social media) for the protection of society.

Groups involved

The Lab also needs appropriate and dedicate space for its activities able to allow people work and interact.

Trustworthy and Secure Future Internet . The main research areas of the group cover the definition of security models, methodologies, and tools for the Information and Communication Technology, especially for the Future Internet. Application scenarios range from distributed computing to mobile computing (e.g., the security of the last generation mobile phones, including topics of parental control, for a safer use of the Internet), from data sharing to access control and trust management in digital virtual communities.

Currently the focus is also in the full range of cyber security aspects.

Ubiquitous Internet. The Ubiquitous Internet research group investigates, develops and prototypes innovative solutions for the ubiquitous Future Internet, the next generation Internet that will enable the access to its services anytime, anywhere and without any pre-existing network infrastructure. Our research is focused on architecture and protocols for self-organizing wireless networks (opportunistic networks, vehicular networks, sensor networks), “Internet of Things”, data-centric networks, (online/mobile) Social Networks. In addition, the group develops networking technologies for the monitoring and control of complex systems such as Smart Grids, and advanced eHealth applications. Finally, the group deals with the study of the structural characteristics of dynamic complex networks. In line with the objectives of the project, the UI group designs self-organising network solutions for increasing network robustness in mobile settings, focuses on data management issues in mobile networks guaranteeing correct delivery of sensible information. BigData analysis techniques are also applied to Online Social Networks and to network structures in general, to assess vulnerability properties and support appropriate counter-measures.

Web Applications for the Future Internet. WAFI research group studies web evolution and its technology in all its forms: guidelines, recommendations, software and tools. Emphasis is on the application component of the research, which aims to investigate problems, identify the best technological solutions, and design and develop software tools and user interfaces that are easy to use for everyone.

A specific research interest is the study of social media and of OSINT/cyber-intelligence, which recently enabled important joint initiatives with the Ministry of Interiors well as with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Internet Services and Technological Development. The Service plans, designs and develops innovative telecommunication applications for the IIT and, more in general, for the CNR, Public Administration and the private sector. The main areas of professional competency are e-mail, DNS, advanced applications for the Web, Content Management Systems, databases, systems for monitoring web traffic and services, study and analysis of the Internet diffusion, and so on. These objectives are achieved through detailed definition and design of the Service’s working methods and close

Network Infrastructure and Services. The IIT “Telematics Network of CNR in Pisa” design and manage the network infrastructure of the campus of the CNR Research Area in Pisa and provides a number of services to researchers in the campus. The infrastructure includes: cables, routers for external connections, switches, traffic control apparatus (for troubleshooting and for protection from attacks), servers. In addition the group manages a CCNP CISCO networking academy named “CNR – Istituto di Informatica e Telematica – (Academy ID: 36507) “.

Communication. The External Relations, Media, Communication and Marketing Unit promotes the image, visibility and knowledge of the Registry and the .it domains in the national and international context, through opportune strategies of communication and information.

Algorithms for Wireless network.  This activity is aimed at investigating, both analytically and through simulation, some fundamental properties of wireless multihop networks such as connectivity, radio interference, network lifetime, node spatial distribution in presence of mobility, safety-critical message propagation in vehicular networks, and so on. The general approach to study these problems is defining simplified — yet detailed enough to capture the most relevant features of real networks — models, which are then used to analytically study the fundamental tradeoffs involved in the considered network properties. The project also include the activities in the area of privacy aware communication mechanisms available in wireless systems.