Two more universities listed in UK’s ACEs in cyber security research

Image: DCMS says De Montfort University and Northumbria University have joined the ACEs in cyber security research. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said that the De Montfort University and Northumbria University have been added to the list of Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR).

The two new cyber security research centres at the universities have been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to have first rate research capabilities.

Northumbria University, which is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, was a founding member of the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security. On the other hand, The Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) at the De Montfort University, located in the city of Leicester, is an Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security and Forensics.

De Montfort University CTI director and cyber security professor Eerke Boiten said: “This recognition will strongly support our future plans for national and international collaborative research in topics such as industrial control systems, human factors in security, incident response, cybercrime and privacy.

“It also perfectly complements the provisional NCSC certification that DMU offers for two of its Master’s degrees in Cyber Security and Cyber Technology. The ACE-CSR programme is part of delivering by Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021.”

According to DCMS, the two universities’ strengths include enhancing approaches to help people better understand how to guard themselves online, and create new technologies to protect telecommunications and other critical infrastructure.

The De Montfort University and Northumbria University have now joined a list of 17 other institutions in the UK which are considered as strategic partners to the federal government in producing cutting edge cyber security research, said the department.

NCSC cyber growth deputy director Chris Ensor said: “I’m delighted to welcome Northumbria and De Montfort Universities to the ACE-CSR community. We have seen the community grow from 8 universities to 19 and that has been down to the hard work and investment they have all put in.

“Both are existing members of our Research Institutes and it is brilliant to see how they have built on and developed their broader capacity and capability over several years, to now meet the standards required of an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.”

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