Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) is the heart of the Cyber Security activities across the University of Surrey. It is one of the 14 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) recognised by the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Our focus is on “Security by Design”, with particular expertise in trusted systems, privacy and authentication, secure communications, and multimedia security and forensics, with human dimensions in security as a cross-cutting theme. We have a strong ethos of applying theory into practice, and the application domains we work in include transportation (automotive, rail), democracy (e-voting), telecommunications, digital economy, and law enforcement.
In addition to the technical core, the Centre brings together substantial interdisciplinary capability and resources across the University, which has been investing in Cyber Security as a high-priority research area since 2004.
The Centre also runs Surrey’s Information Security MSc programme, which has received GCHQ certification. The programme brings together technical and managerial aspects of Cyber Security and has a strong contribution from industry.
Dr Haiyue Yuan, Dr Shujun Li, Miss Nouf Aljaffan from the Department of Computer Science and Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), and Dr Patrice Rusconi of the School of Psychology, have won the Best Paper Award of the 5th International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust (HAS 2017), held as part of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2017/HCI International 2017), Vancouver, Canada, July 9-14, 2017.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is again providing bursary funding for adults looking to retrain and start a new career in cyber security. The bursaries are for GCHQ-certified courses including the MSc Information Security programme offered by the Department of Computer Science and supported by the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS, a GCHQ recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research), University of Surrey.
In the first half of 2017, three researchers from SCCS (Surrey Centre for Cyber Security) and Surrey's Department of Computer Science, Prof Liqun Chen, Dr François Dupressoir and Dr Ioana Boureanu, co-authored four research papers presented at top cyber security conferences including 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P 2017), 2nd European Symposium on Security and Privacy (Euro S&P 2017) and 36th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques (EUROCRYPT 2017). We look forward to more such successes in future!