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Oxford University develops research to combat cyber crime

Filed under: IT Security — Stephanie on April 24, 2012

The communication HQ of the UK government and Oxford University are coming together to help the country combat the threat to IT security.

The establishment is one of eight universities that have been awarded with the Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security research accolade.

Experts from across the university will come together at the Cyber Security Centre to develop ways to fight against the growing challenges presented in government and business from cyber crime and terrorist attacks. The Centre at the Department of Computer Science will carry out extensive research which will support those in information security jobs in the future.

The director at the Centre, Professor Sadie Creese commented:

“Oxford is striving to have a positive impact on society and the economy. Helping to create a more secure digital environment will be a wonderful way of doing this. Security requires a positive — and to a large extent open — collaboration between industry, government agencies and universities. That is what we aim to achieve.”

The Centre opened in March this year and will look at ways to predict different risks and network threats as well as ways to improve processes to protect different organisations. Through a range of educational programmes and research the university hopes to have an international impact whilst also producing talented graduates for cyber security jobs.

The Publicity and Schools Liaison Officer, Suzanne Marsh, commented that the Centre has carried out several research projects with universities in Leicester, Warwick, Brunel, Bath and at the Imperial College London. There are other establishments that may work with the centre also. The Centre will focus on offering programmes to doctoral and masters students. However, undergraduates studying in order to get IT security jobs can also benefit from seminars.

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