Press release

UK’s first Cyber Security Academic Research Institute

The UK's first academic research institute to improve understanding of the growing cyber security threat has been established by GCHQ.

13 September 2012

The UK’s first academic research institute to improve understanding of the science behind the growing Cyber Security threat has been established by GCHQ, in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK), led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The Institute is part of a cross-government commitment towards increasing the nation’s academic capability in all fields of Cyber Security and forms part of the National Cyber Security programme coordinated by the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA). Its research will ultimately make it easier for businesses, individuals and government to take informed decisions about how to implement better cyber protection measures and safely benefit from the huge opportunities offered in Cyber Space.

The Institute is a virtual organisation involving seven universities. It will allow leading academics in the field of Cyber Security including social scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists from across the UK to work together. It will also connect them with the collective expertise of industry security experts and international researchers in the field to tackle some of the UK’s toughest challenges in Cyber Security, in both the public and private sectors. This collaborative approach between academia, industry and government will ensure that research is relevant and inspired by real world, cutting edge, security issues.

Francis Maude, Minister for Cyber Security said:

The UK is one of the most secure places in the world to do business - already 8% of our GDP is generated from the cyber world and that trend is set to grow.  But we are not complacent. Through the National Cyber Security Programme we are putting serious investment into the best UK expertise to lead thought in the science of cyber. The UK’s first academic Research Institute will strengthen capability in a strategically important area, keeping the UK at the forefront of international research in the field.

Read the full story on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council website.

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