Cyber Innovation Series 2022/23: CLADDED

Posted on: 13/02/2023

Another of the finalists from this year’s CyberASAP cohort is CLADDED, a system designed to detect and deter attacks on electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

You can see the CLADDED team in action alongside 14 other academic teams at the Cyber ASAP Demo Day on 22 February, where they will be presenting their pitch and demonstrating their Proof of Concept.

Register here.



As demand for electric vehicles continues to increase, so does the need for electric charging points. But now there’s an additional requirement to secure electric car charging stations and protect them from cyber threats, particularly those used with smart devices.

Current methods rely on end-to-end encryption which, although popular and largely secure, isn’t an ideal solution for EV charging points and cannot be implemented in old devices. Researchers at the University of Warwick recognised the need for a tailor-made solution –  one that was more accurate but lower cost.

They created CLADDED: a data-driven online behaviour monitoring software framework, designed specifically for EV charging points. This cross-layered, data-driven system is designed to detect and deter attacks on electric vehicle charging stations. It offers cutting-edge, artificial intelligence-based solutions for charging firms that seek to secure their charging points.

Unlike encryption-based solutions, CLADDED is scalable and easy to integrate into both new and existing EV charging points. It also supports new government regulations from July 2022 stating that all charging stations must be compatible with smart devices. The success and the profit of these stations relies on their security – CLADDED is here to help them achieve and maintain that.

The team behind this innovation are committed to developing trustworthy, cost-effective solutions through a secure framework. The framework can provide edge-point shields to identify cyber threats, providing resilience for all new and existing electric vehicle charge point systems.


Meet the CLADDED Team

CLADDED is the brainchild of engineering and manufacturing specialists at the University of Warwick. They’ve used all their shared expertise to complete the back-end of their product, undertaking extensive market research and validation to meet all possible customer needs.

The team consists of:

  • Hamidreza Jahangir – Research Fellow, Machine Learning
  • Subhash Lakshminarayana – Associate Professor, Power Grid Security
  • Carsten Maple – Professor, Cyber Systems Engineering
  • Tim Francis – TTO, Business Development

The team recognises that the security risk to EV charging points is very real and increasing rapidly. With the support of investors and engineers, they hope to deliver a security package which can be installed quickly and easily, protecting EV charging point companies and their customers into the future.


Meet them at our Demo Day

Join us on Wednesday 22 February 2023 and be among the first to preview the team’s innovation, alongside a whole host of exciting cyber products and services from leading UK academic teams.

Hear their pitches and learn more about each project in this unique showcase of ready-to-commercialise cyber innovations. Register here.


About CyberASAP

CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) is the only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cyber ecosystem which provides expertise, knowledge and support to convert academic research into commercial products and services.

CyberASAP is funded by the UK Government Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN.

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