UK launches first research institute into cyber security
A new organisation has been founded to improve the understanding behind internet security.
The Academic Research Institute will look into online security and the growing threat of cyber crime and terrorism.
Francis Maude, minister for cyber security, has said that whilst the UK is one of the safest places in the world to do business, it was important to show the world that we are not “complacent” in that position.
The institute will involve leading figures in cyber security, social science, maths, and computer science. The academics will then collaborate with industry stakeholders in the public and private sectors, in order to ensure that the research is relevant and up to date.
The Institute is the fruit of a government-wide initiative dedicated towards securing the UK against cyber attacks, and increasing the country’s foothold as an academic leader on cyber security.
Maude said, “The UK's first academic Research Institute will strengthen capability in a strategically important area, keeping the UK at the forefront of international research in the field.”
The government is hoping that the research will enable UK-based organisations to take educated decisions on cyber security, allowing them to function online without fear.