A new academic Research Institute to improve understanding of the science behind the growing cyber security threat has been announced.
The Institute has been established by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Global Uncertainties Programme and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is funded by a £3.8 million grant and is part of a cross-government commitment towards increasing the nation’s academic capability in all fields of cyber security.
Its research will ultimately make it easier for businesses, individuals and government to take informed decisions about how to implement better cyber protection measures and safely benefit from the huge opportunities offered in cyber space. The Institute will allow leading academics in the field of cyber security including social scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists from across the UK to work together.
The full announcement is available on the EPSRC website.
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