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Published: 03 April 2017

University of Surrey recognised for cyber security research

 The University of Surrey has today (Monday 3 April) been awarded recognition as one of the Government's "Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” for a further five years.

Security through hardware

The announcement, made today by Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, means that Surrey continues its status as one of country's top universities in cyber security research. The status is given by The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in partnership with Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The announcement comes after the NCSC was opened by HM Queen last month. The centre aims to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

The University of Surrey is one of only 19 universities given the Centres of Excellence status, which help make the UK government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber-attack by extending knowledge and enhancing skills in cyber security.

Over the past two years, the University of Surrey has had significant success in tackling issues in cyber security. These include formulating a new password system that will be more difficult for hackers to break, driving forward the agenda on distributed ledger technologies and securing funding for vital research into their applications, as well as developing new approaches to cyber security, data privacy and trust in the rail industry. In addition, current activity includes security through hardware and 5G security. In addition, current research includes hardware-based security, 5G security, and human factors.

Professor Steve Schneider, Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Surrey has received this recognition, which reflects the strong growth of the group over the last two years.

“We have had significant success in this field since the creation of the Centre, and this recognition is a testament to the skills and dedication of the work taking place here at the University of Surrey to address the risks and impacts of cyber security. We look forward to working with NCSC over the next five years on emerging challenges in cyber security."

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said:

“This Government is determined to make the UK the safest place in the world to live, work and do business online.

"That is why we need truly ground-breaking research to stay one step ahead of the growing threat of cyber attacks. I am pleased to announce the University of Surrey as the latest academic institution to contribute their expertise to this vital field, joining thirteen other universities from around the country.

“By engaging with business, industry and academia, we will ensure that we develop the skills and research we need to tackle this growing threat to the UK.”

All Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research also benefit from:

  • Closer collaboration with GCHQ, the UK Cyber Community and industry
  • Partnership endorsement in associated publications and prospectuses
  • Better understanding of Government and industrial cyber issues
  • Helping to formulate the future Cyber Security research agenda.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Security Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many leading universities committed to trailblazing improvements to the UK’s cyber security research.

“At the NCSC, we are absolutely committed to maintaining and improving our already strong reputation as a global leader in cutting edge research, and look forward to collaborating with these establishments to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

“These universities conduct world-class cyber security research and this initiative will improve the way academics, government and business work together – benefiting the whole of the country.”

The research conducted will support the drive for better cyber protection for the UK Government and enable businesses and consumers to safely benefit from the huge opportunities offered in cyberspace.

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