Tangible Security Project (TanSec)

The Tangible Security Project (TanSec) sits under the PETRAS Infrastructure Theme.

The project aims to develop, test and evaluate a set of physical interactions for seamless key exchange and security configuration that enable useable, decentralised security. By using tangible interactions within the context of novel home/SME routers, the aim is to avoid a common class of attack on the internet’s end-to-end architecture which relies on varied ‘middle boxes’, without relying on networking experience in development or use that have hindered existing approaches. Methods will use and build on existing protocols, and be augmented through user location data and temporal modelling.

TanSec will be complemented by additional PETRAS 2 research, testing approaches such as tangible key exchange in home/SME contexts, and evaluating techniques for key management in practical contexts.


Project runs from 1 Sep 2019 – 31 August 2021