CREST Roundup: January 2020

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in January 2020. You can stay up-to-date with all our work by signing up to the CREST Newsletter, and have CREST news and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

How do security teams collaborate to understand threats to their building management systems?

Emma Boakes writes about her doctoral research on cyber and physical security collaboration.

Could an unknown third party remotely manipulate your building’s heating systems? Could this cause physical damage to your premises or render them uninhabitable? What impact would this have on your business operation? What if the layout of your headquarters was available on the internet? Could this allow a well-informed intrusion?

These scenarios may appear far-fetched, yet they are real-world examples of when Building Management Systems (BMS) have been compromised. They demonstrate how the boundary between physical security and cyber security is becoming increasingly blurred.

There is an increasing likelihood that they will be a casualty of a cyber-attack, and, as BMS are more broadly adopted, the probability that these are specifically targeted is also likely to increase. This makes it more important for security teams to collaborate and plan for operational resilience by identifying the potential threats that cross the boundary of cyber and physical security.

Emma’s research is in understanding how organisations adopt a converged security approach, how they facilitate collaboration, and what barriers and challenges there are. Read her blog here.

You can find all the Early Career Researcher blogs here: 

Success stories

SPRITE+ NetworkAfter a successful launch, followed by a 2 day meeting of 75 Expert Fellows, SPRITE+ published its Challenge Themes: SPRITE+ focuses on digital challenges to trust, identity, privacy, and security.

The membership is free and open to anyone:


  • Marono. A., & Bartels, R. (2020) Examining the judgments of pedophiles in relation to a non-sexual offense. Psychology, Crime and Law


The UK Home Office is launching an open grant competition to fund social science or interdisciplinary academic research projects on Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Cyber Crime.

This is the final round of Home Office-led grant funding via the National Cyber Security Programme, following two initial grant calls held in 2018.They will be inviting research bids to help build the evidence base on the following key research themes:

  • Cyber Prevent – understanding cyber offenders, the risk factors for offending, and offending pathways – for overseas as well as UK-based offenders; evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to prevent people becoming involved in cyber crime and interventions to divert those on an offending pathway.
  • Cyber Protect – developing and testing interventions to improve cyber security behaviours amongst the public and businesses; evaluating interventions and determining measures of long term changes to behaviour.
  • Future technological developments and policing of cyber crime – understanding effective approaches to tackling cyber crime at the national, regional and local level; understanding how future technological changes may enable crime, and how technology may also be used by law enforcement to tackle cyber crime.

They welcome academic-led proposals with collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches, employing any appropriate and justified methodological techniques. Proposals either focused on single sub questions within the themes, or those looking to address multiple questions within the themes will be equally welcome.

Projects will be expected to start during April 2020 at the earliest and complete by end of March 2021. Social science or interdisciplinary research projects of varying sizes will be financed from a total remaining grant fund of £400,000.

For further information and to register please visit the Government’s contract finder website here.

CREST invites submissions for the second international conference on Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security (BASS20)

Portsmouth, UK, 30th June – 2nd July 2020.

We are interested in theoretical, empirical and critical papers, posters and talks from any discipline that address one of the conference’s three themes: Understanding who and why; better intelligence gathering; and decision making, protective security and risk assessment. These themes, described in more detail below, will be interpreted broadly.

We invite submissions on these themes for:

  • Twenty-minute papers
  • Posters
  • 5-minute lightning talks on emerging research.

Proposals for papers, posters and lightning talks should be made using forms that can be downloaded here and submitted to by Sunday 15th March 2020.

More information
You can read about the themes here: and more information on conference fees and accommodation will be available soon via the main conference page at:

Behavioural Analysis Conference

London on 10-11 June 2020 at the Royal Air Force Museum 

Green Light is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the Behavioural Analysis conference, which will take place in London on 10-11 June 2020 at the Royal Air Force Museum.

Behavioural Analysis 2020 will deliver practical insights into the behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent.

The conference will allow delegates to develop their knowledge of behavioural analysis by hearing presentations from the leading experts in the security industry.

To register to attend the event, or to submit a poster, please go to

20% discount code for friends of CREST – use the code ‘CREST20’.

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