Professor Keith Mayes


Keith is a very experienced consultant in a range of technical, security and intellectual property areas. Major projects via the College have included the security worrk that he led on the Ov-Chipkaart for the Dutch transport ministry, following published attacks on the MIFARE Classic chip card; and also his contribution to security studies for the UK Cards Association.

He is also the owner/director of Crisp Telecom Limited ( that has provided expert advisory and development/test services for 15+ years.

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Personal profile

Prof Keith Mayes B.Sc. Ph.D.  CEng FIET A,Inst.ISP received his BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering in 1983 from the University of Bath, and his PhD degree in Digital Image Processing in 1987. He is an active researcher/author with 100+ publications in numerous conferences, books and journals. His interests include the design of secure protocols, communications architectures and security tokens as well as associated attacks/countermeasures. During his first degree he was employed by Pye TVT (Philips) which designed and produced TV broadcast and studio equipment. His PhD was sponsored by Honeywell Aerospace and Defence and on completion he accepted their offer of a job. In 1988 he started work for Racal Research where he worked on a wide range of research and advanced development products and was accepted as a Chartered Engineer. In 1995 he joined Racal Messenger to continue work on a Vehicle Licence plate recognition system (Talon) and an early packet radio system (Widanet/Paknet). In 1996 Keith joined Vodafone as a Senior Manager working within the Communication Security and Advanced Development group, under Professor Michael Walker. Early work concerned advanced radio relaying systems and involved participation in international standardisation (ETSI SMG2). Later he led the Maths & Modelling team and eventually took charge of the Fraud & Security group. During this time he was training in intellectual property and licensing, culminating in membership of the Licensing Executives Society and the added responsibility for patent issues in Vodafone UK. In 2000, following some work on m-commerce and an increasing interest in Smart Cards he joined the Vodafone International organisation as the Vodafone Global SIM Card Manager, responsible for SIM card harmonisation and strategy for the Vodafone Group. In 2002, Keith left Vodafone to set up Crisp Telecom ( and in November 2002 he was also appointed as the Founder Director of the Smart Card Centre ( at Royal Holloway University of London, reporting to Professor Fred Piper in the world renowned Information Security Group ( Thirteen years later he was appointed as the Director of the ISG and he is now also the Head of the School of Mathematics and Information Security. Keith is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Founder Associate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, a Member of the Licensing Executives Society and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER). He has had director experience with a London stock market listed company and an American communications company.

Research interests

His current research interests are diverse, including, mobile communications, NFC, Mobile platform security, smart cards, RFIDS, the Internet of Things, transport ticketing/system security, financial transactions and mobile commerce, image processing and biometrics for authentication, the use of mobile and smartcard/RFID in difficult (and virtual) environments. He was the General Chair of ESORICS 2013 that was hosted at Royal Holloway.


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