University of Kent’s bid to be …
…Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research as been successful
Three UK universities have been recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), highlighting the country is leading the way in cyber security skills. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) have identified the University of Kent, King’s College London, and Cardiff University as having first-rate research with scale and impact. The universities will now join 14 other institutions in a scheme forming part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, which is making the UK the safest place to be online and helping to support the country’s thriving digital economy. The universities will now have the opportunity to bid for funding to develop cutting-edge research in cyber security, including at Doctoral level, as well as attend annual conferences and workshops. The scheme aims to create a better understanding of the strength of the UK’s academic capability in cyber security and identify areas where there are research opportunities or technical gaps. It makes collaboration between academia, business and government easier, and helps make sure cutting-edge research is turned into practical products and services. This includes developing tools to tackle mass marketing fraud online and better understand cyber criminals.
The ACE-CSR programme is supported by Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021.
Shujun Li, Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent, said:
“We are excited to be given the ACE-CSR status as an acknowledgement of the excellent research in cyber security at the University of Kent. Our research is truly interdisciplinary drawing on the expertise of colleagues from computer science and engineering as well as wider disciplines such as psychology, law, business and sociology. Our ambition is to have one of the largest and most productive cyber security research centres in the UK by 2022 as well as helping to grow the next-generation cyber security researchers”.
The Centre celebrated this success in a Launch event including lunch and seminars with speakers form local and central government and law enforcement on December 5th 2018.
At NDSS (Network and Distributed System Security Symposium) 2019, one of the “Big 4” conferences in the cyber security field, KirCCS researchers won two major awards:
– Dr Orçun Çetin, a Research Associate working at the Centre and School of Computing, and his co-authors won one of the Distinguished Paper
Awards for his work “Cleaning Up the Internet of Evil Things: Real-World Evidence on ISP and Consumer Efforts to Remove Mirai”:
– Dr Jason Nurse, a Core Member of the Centre and a Lecturer at the School of Computing, and his co-authors won a Distinguished Poster Presentation Award for his ork “Cybercrime Investigators are Users Too! Understanding the Socio-Technical Challenges Faced by Law Enforcement”: