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.
The Centre's technical core, with 13 permanent academic staff together with their RAs and doctoral students, is based in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This provides a nucleus for the involvement of interdisciplinary aspects of Cyber Security from other departments including Surrey Business School, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Economics.
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 maintains strong collaborative links with its internationally renowned research partners, participates in technology transfer from academic to small and large businesses, shares knowledge and offers consultancy to government agencies, and is active in cyber-security education and security awareness raising campaigns for the industrial and public sectors.
We also run Surrey’s Information Security MSc course, which has received GCHQ certification. The course brings together technical and managerial aspects of Cyber Security and has a strong contribution from industry.