GCHQ Awarded 8 UK Universities “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research”

GCHQ Awarded 8UK Universities “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research”
UK is putting more attention on cyber-security. Last Monday GCHQ, the UK's signals intelligence organisation, awarded eight UK universities the 'Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research', laying the ground for deeper relationships between the institutions and the government agency. These top eight universities of UK will work closely with GCHQ as centres of excellence for cybersecurity research.
According to GCHQ official release:-
The first eight UK universities conducting world class research in the field of cyber security have been awarded “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” status by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). We hope other universities will also become Centres in the near future as part of an ongoing process.
The Centres of Excellence will benefit the UK by:
  • Enhancing the UK’s cyber knowledge base through original research
  • Providing top quality graduates in the field of cyber security
  • Supporting GCHQ’s cyber defence mission
  • Driving up the level of innovation
  • The Centres of Excellence will help make the UK government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber attack by extending knowledge and enhancing skills in cyber security.
The eight Universities chosen as Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are:
  • University of Bristol    
  • Imperial College London
  • Lancaster University    
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen’s University Belfast    
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Southampton    
  • University College London
These Centers will be the first to attain Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research status and will 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
  • Extra funding opportunities and £50,000 capital investment
Francis Maude, the minister for cybersecurity, said "These first eight centers will play a vital role in boosting research, expanding our cyber skills base and fostering innovation in the field" He added "We want to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business, by investing in the best expertise to keep pace with technological change." The centres will open for business on 1 July 2012 for five years, during which time GCHQ hopes other universities will beef up their cybersecurity capabilities to meet the criteria for being recognised as centres of excellence.

-Source (GCHQ)


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