Research Focus

Cyber SMART Research Focus

The focus of research projects at Cyber SMART reflects current emergent cyber developments and industry need. Currently the focus is on  fintech which is the Center’s major competency. This covers system and data security, cryptography and cryptographic protocols, blockchain technology, communications; and Georgetown’s international cross-discipline expertise in cyber law, policy and regulation, and management especially in relation to smart contracts and supply chains and digital identity. The other major focus at Cyber SMART that is also the result of industry need, are new applications of blockchain technology and standards. The financial services sector internationally, especially in Japan, is leading in its adoption of this new technology and its application to a range of new financial products. This segment is a key supporter of Cyber SMART.

While the financial services sector is a present focus of research, other industry segments are exploring the use of blockchain technology, the need for comprehensive research on the security and privacy of cross border data flows, secure communications particularly in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT), and growing national and international issues around digital identity and know-your-customer protocols. Cyber SMART is attracting other industry segments such as the international insurance segment which is one of the early movers as well as organizations interested in supply chain issues. However, organizations in other sectors both nationally and internationally are interested in these areas and need research at the intersection of computer science, law, regulation, business management, and economics especially in risk analysis and assessment of the impact of regulation, digital identity protocols, and know-your-customer requirements as part international anti-money laundering requirements. These are all areas in which Cyber SMART has leading expertise.