Bristol University to play pivotal role in protecting the country from cyber attack

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03 April 2017

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The University of Bristol has once again been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the EPSRC as an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).

As an ACE-CSR, the University will continue to play a pivotal role in helping to make government, business and consumers more resilient to cyber attack by working more closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK cyber community and industry.

Promoting academic excellence is at the heart of the Government's Cyber Security Strategy and the University hopes this will lead to exciting opportunities for its students and graduates.

The centres have been established to increase the number of top quality researchers in the field of cyber security, ultimately aiming to build a skills base able to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business online.

Work carried out at the University of Bristol will support NCSC's cyber defence mission, boost research to keep up pace with technological change and drive up the level of innovation.

Nigel Smart, Professor of Cryptology in the Department of Computer Science, who is leading the ACE-CSR at the University, said: "Being selected again as an ACE-CSR reaffirms the University's position as a world-class research institution in the field of cyber security. This is of great importance not just to business but also national security.

"The Bristol ACE-CSR is based around work performed by our Cryptography Research Group. This is one of the world's largest groups in cryptography, with a focus on areas as diverse as side-channel analysis, protocol design and secure computation technologies."

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General, added: "This Government is determined to make the UK the safest place in the world to live, work and do business online. That is why we need truly ground-breaking research to stay one step ahead of the growing threat of cyber attacks.

"By engaging with business, industry and academia, we will ensure that we develop the skills and research we need to tackle this growing threat to the UK."

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Security Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said: "It's fantastic to see so many leading universities committed to trailblazing improvements to the UK's cyber security research, and it is particularly good to see Scotland represented for the first time.

"At the NCSC, we are absolutely committed to maintaining and improving our already strong reputation as a global leader in cutting edge research, and look forward to collaborating with these establishments to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

"These universities conduct world class cyber security research and this initiative will improve the way academics, government and business work together, benefiting the whole of the country."

The research conducted by the Bristol Cryptography Group will support the drive for better cyber protection for the UK Government and enable businesses and consumers to safely benefit from the huge opportunities offered in cyberspace.