CIRE brings together experts from social science, computer science, psychology, sociology, law, forensic, linguistics, data science, engineering, architecture, and business with a common aim - to solve existing and emerging problems using a range of interdisciplinary methodologies.

As a core part of this focused effort, CIRE uses inter-disciplinary expertise to develop new insights, evidence, and knowledge to manage the key cybercrime and cybersecurity challenges of our age. Central to CIRE’s operating model is that research should start with a focus on understanding the problems themselves, exploring how and why cybercrime and cybersecurity problems arise, and providing novel solutions for them. CIRE researches and develops new investigative methods and techniques for extracting, parsing, and analyzing digital evidence. 


Our research is positioned around five main research themes, reflecting our already established expertise and ongoing efforts related to 

  • Cyberforensics and cybersecurity
  • Detection, prevention, and protection
  • Cybercriminals behavior analysis and investigation
  • Data-based identification and prosecution of cybercriminals
  • Enhancing local, regional, and national community security

In engaging with these themes, CIRE develops and utilizes innovative methods that can shine new light on the particular issues that arise. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach allows us to develop new insights, evidence, and knowledge about these issues. 

CIRE acts as both an incubator for existing research activities and collaborations as well as an accelerator for innovations that emerge from within our research areas. Identifying cybersecurity and cybercrime problems and addressing them with practical, well-researched solutions will support our overarching aim of reducing crime and increasing security, having an impact on everyday communities as well as on policy and practice.