CyberSignature: Online Authenication using User Behaviour Profiling Phase 1

Project Details


As eCommerce continues to shift our shopping preference from the physical to online marketplace, we leave behind digital traces of our personally identifiable details. For example, the merchant keeps record of your name and address; the payment processor stores your transaction details including account or card information, and every website you visit stores other information such as your device address and type. Cybercriminals constantly steal and use some of this information to commit identity fraud ultimately leading to devastating consequences to the victims; but also, the card issuers and payment processors with whom the financial liability most often lie. This project recognises that data is generally compromised in this digital age, and personal identity such as card number, password, PIN and account details can be easily stolen and used by someone else. However, there are thousands of behavioural biometrics relating to a person’s digital identity that are almost impossible to steal such as the way you type on a keyboard, move the cursor, or whether you normally do so via a mouse, touchpad or trackball. Our objective is to use them to add additional layer of user authentication during online sessions involving card or account payment transaction

The project received £32,000 from Innovate UK

Key findings

The project demonstrates the capabilities of behaviour biometrics for online card payment authentication
Short titleCyberSignature
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/07/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • cybersecurity
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • software engineering
  • data analytics
  • digital behaviour
  • cyber attack

Research Centres

  • Data and Complex Systems Research Centre

Research Groups

  • SustainNET


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