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Published: 13 November 2019

Experts introduce new comprehensive cyber security guide

Experts have released a new definitive guide to the discipline of cyber security that outlines what professionals in the field should be expected to know, to help organisations safeguard and future-proof their resources in the face of ever-evolving and sophisticated online attacks.

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The Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) is a free and open source product, the result of a three-year project led by the University of Bristol and involving the University of York, Oxford University, UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Surrey. It is the first guide of its kind to gather, in one resource, the knowledge of multiple world-renowned cyber security experts.

CyBOK covers a near-exhaustive list of cyber security matters - from the fundamentals of hardware security to the protection of critical national infrastructures from cyber-attacks. It comprises 19 areas and comprehensively explores the strengths, limitations and implications of issues from risk management and governance to privacy and online rights.

The collaborative project was developed as part of the National Cyber Security Programme and was funded by the National Cyber Security Centre.

Professor Steve Schneider, Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, said: “We have all taken advantage of the incredible opportunities that the internet and associated technologies have opened up. However, the phenomenal rate of development and evolution of such technologies means that we have to have a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the risks and dangers and how to deal with them - and that is where we hope CyBOK will have an impact.

“We believe that CyBOK provides an important step in the establishment of cyber security as a mature discipline, and that it will become a much needed authoritative reference for education, industry and government.”

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