Lishoy Francis




The vision of my Ph.D. research area is enabling smart cards to authenticate and securely access all types of telecommunication and network access systems from a single/common framework. My work resulted in proposing a universal framework capable of hosting multiple subscriber identity applications as well as identifying and demonstrating new security exploits (cloning, skimming, relay, p2p relay, x) using Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled mobile phones, and presenting the related security countermeasures. This work was partially supported by RHUL Thomas Holloway Scholarship, Giesecke & Devrient and Vodafone along with The ISG Smart Card Centre.

My research interests include,

  • Security technologies (Trusted Execution Environment)
  • Security of Host Card Emulation (HCE)
  • Security of smart card and mobile platforms.
  • Security of contactless and proximity technologies.
  • Security of near field communications (NFC).
  • Security of personal area networks (e.g. BLE)
  • Security attacks and countermeasures.
  • Security of multi-access system environments.
  • Security of ubiquitous and mobile environments.
  • Security of location based systems.
  • Security of identification and payment transactions.
  • Security prototyping.
  • Security protocols.
  • Security evaluation and certification processes.
  • Security of satellite and broadcast systems.