Queen’s University tackles IoT threats with £5m cyber security hub

Queen’s University tackles IoT threats with £5m cyber security hub

Cyber security protection increases as a new hub has been launched to help victims better protect themselves from malware and hackers.

Queen’s University has launched a cyber-security hub with a £5m research investment to help improve hardware security across individuals and businesses.

The project will tackle cyber threats among smart technology, a growing concern for many organisations and households.

The aim of the hub is to educate residents on ways to keep hackers out of their homes including everything from smart devices such as Amazon Echo, Wi-Fi kettles and network connected cars.

Increasing amounts of smart devices are being developed meaning increased opportunities for hackers to cause problems for owners, with new attack methods and surfaces for criminals and attackers to exploit and access.

Queen’s University tackles IoT threats with £5m cyber security hub

Even Furby IoT toys could be hacked.

Queen’s University’s research institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) at Queen’s University makes up one of four cyber security hubs in the UK, but also a global hub for research and innovation across hardware security over the next five years.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Cyber Security Centre one of the hubs aims is to bring the UK’s hardware security community together, then build a network of national and international research partnerships.

Professor O’Neill, Director of RISE, said: “We will also work closely with leading UK-based industry partners and stakeholders, transforming research findings into products, services and business opportunities, which will benefit the UK economy.”

Alongside equipping individuals with the best way to keep hackers out of home devices, the hub also wants to work towards increasing the nation’s academic capability across all fields of hardware security.

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Cyber threats have become an increasing concern for individual residents, not just large organisations, after research found IoT devices for children have also have the ability to be accessed by hackers with the famous Furby on the hit list.

Therefore safety is paramount to individuals and the programme aims to better equip people at home, as well as in the workplace.

Four undisclosed projects will tackle the global problem cyber threats bring, which will be led by UK research partners from Queen’s University and other universities including Cambridge, Bristol and Birmingham.