Cardiff University named a cyber security centre of excellence

Cardiff University has been recognised as a leading academic institution helping to make sure Britain is a safe place to live and work online.

It’s been named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the National Cyber Security Centre, and is the first organisation in Wales to receive this honour.

The award recognises the internationally recognised research that has come out of the university in recent years, as well as the steps it’s taking to strengthen the UK Government’s cyber security strategy.

As a Centre of Excellence, the university will do its bit to train the next generation of cyber security professionals and protect the country from falling victim to hacks.

Launched in 2016, the NCSC is a core part of GCHQ and is working to ensure Britain’s critical services are safe from cyber criminals. So far, the centre has prevented thousands of attacks and provided support to the British Armed Forces.

Cardiff  joins a range of high-profile academic institutions supporting the initiative, including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and University College London.

Professor Pete Burnapprofessor of data science at Cardiff University, said the university is “delighted to receive this recognition as it evidences our long track-record of research excellence in cyber security”.

He said: “Our core identity is the interdisciplinary fusion of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, a concept we call Cyber Security Analytics.

“AI is at the heart of the UK government’s industrial strategy and our aim is to innovate with AI to improve automated cyber threat intelligence and support decision making and policy responses to make the UK more secure for individuals, business and the government.

“We are proud to be the first Welsh university to be recognised by NCSC for our cyber research capability, and we hope to build on the impressive expertise that already exists across the region between academia, government and business.”

Through the scheme, Cardiff University will explore ways that artificial intelligence systems can be used to monitor, identify and tackle cyber attacks.

Vice-chancellor Colin Riordan said: “The recognition afforded by the National Cyber Security Centre is validation of the University’s world-leading expertise in this area, and further demonstrates the real-world impact that our research has on the UK as a whole.

“At a time when threats to our critical infrastructure have never been greater, it’s particularly encouraging to see Cardiff University research contributing to efforts to detect and deter cyber-attacks.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns added: “Cardiff University’s recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research not only cements Wales’ position as a world-class provider of higher education but also highlights Wales’ ambition to lead the way in training cyber specialists.”

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