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UK’s first Cyber Security Institute to be based at UCL

13 September 2012

A new academic research institute to improve understanding of the science behind the growing Cyber Security threat will be based at University College London.

The UCL Quad (photo courtesy of UCL)
The UCL Quad (photo courtesy of UCL)

The Institute, which opens on 1 October, will be hosted at UCL and led by Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science). It is funded by a £3.8m grant and is part of a cross-government commitment towards increasing the nation’s academic capability in all fields of cyber security.

The aim of its research will ultimately be to 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.

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 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.

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