Press release: UK universities recognised for excellence in cyber security research

first_imgThree new Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised, including the first in Wales. Total number of Centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland boosted to 17. Three UK universities have been recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), highlighting the country is leading the way in cyber security skills.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) have identified the University of Kent, King’s College London, and Cardiff University as having first-rate research with scale and impact.The universities will now join 14 other institutions in a scheme forming part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, which is making the UK the safest place to be online and helping to support the country’s thriving digital economy.The universities will now have the opportunity to bid for funding to develop cutting-edge research in cyber security, including at Doctoral level, as well as attend annual conferences and workshops.The scheme aims to create a better understanding of the strength of the UK’s academic capability in cyber security and identify areas where there are research opportunities or technical gaps. It makes collaboration between academia, business and government easier, and helps make sure cutting-edge research is turned into practical products and services. This includes developing tools to tackle mass marketing fraud online and better understand cyber criminals.Minister for Digital Margot James said: University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge Cardiff University University of Edinburgh University of Kent Imperial College London King’s College London Lancaster University Newcastle University University of Oxford Queen’s University Belfast Royal Holloway, University of London University of Southampton University of Surrey University of Warwick Professor Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity, and Director of the Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Analytics at Cardiff University said: The UK has world-class universities carrying out cutting edge research into all areas of cyber security. It’s fantastic to see three more universities recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence and I’m especially pleased that we now have centres in all home nations. The NCSC looks forward to collaborating with these institutions to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. The National Cyber Security Strategy includes a commitment to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. As part of this work the Government is consulting on how to develop the right skills, capabilities and professionalism for the industry. It includes a clear definition of objectives and proposes the creation of a new UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery. The universities will be recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research until June 2022. Dr Jose M. Such, Director of the Centre, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London said: Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Security Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said: University College London Shujun Li, Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent, said: The ACE-CSR programme is supported by Government’s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016-2021.Notes to editorsList of institutions that are recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are: We are thrilled to be recognised for the high-quality socio-technical cyber security research we conduct at King’s College London. This recognition acknowledges the critical and diverse mass of researchers working on this area at King’s from different but complementary angles and points of view. Our research focuses on three main research themes and their interrelationship: the use of AI for cyber security together with the cyber security of AI itself, the theoretical aspects of cyber security like verification and testing, and the socio-political and strategic aspects of cyber security. We are excited to be given the ACE-CSR status as an acknowledgement of the excellent research in cyber security at the University of Kent. Our research is truly interdisciplinary drawing on the expertise of colleagues from computer science and engineering as well as wider disciplines such as psychology, law, business and sociology. Our ambition is to have one of the largest and most productive cyber security research centres in the UK by 2022 as well as helping to grow the next-generation cyber security researchers. These universities are doing fantastic research in cyber security and they are rightly being recognised for their pioneering work. We have some of the best minds in the world working in the field and thanks to this scheme they can now help shape our National Cyber Security Strategy and develop the talent and services of tomorrow. Our consultation on developing the UK cyber security profession closes at5pm on 31 August 2018. We are delighted to receive this recognition as it evidences our long track-record of research excellence in cyber security. 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.last_img read more

Father Comes Home From the Wars, Starring Sterling K. Brown, Starts Previews

first_img Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) The cast also includes Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano and Julian Rozzell Jr. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Father Comes Home From the Wars consists of three plays performed as one. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero (Brown), a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return—only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) begins performances off-Broadway on October 14. Directed by Jo Bonney, the show will feature Sterling K. Brown and more and officially open on October 28. The production will run through November 16 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

RSG hosts Awareness Week

first_imgThe Residential Student Government will be hosting a wide array of events this week as part of Awareness Week 2014. The program is designed to improve residential life for all students and will take place in each of the residential areas around campus.The programs will be hosted at the North Area, South Area, West Area and Parkside Area and will focus on diversity, safety, health and wellness and stress relief.Each day will focus on promoting one of the values of Awareness Week. Monday’s events highlighted diversity and took place in the North Area Courtyard and the Birnkrant Multipurpose Room. Students participated in salsa and zumba classes and ate ethnic cuisine including Korean, Italian and Mexican food.There was also information about the Los Angeles Metro to encourage students to go out and explore the city. Taryn Maister, programming chair for North Residential College, emphasized how important it is for students to get off campus and see Los Angeles.“I don’t think students realize how diverse Los Angeles is,” Maister said. “We got restaurants from around L.A. to give us ethnic food for Awareness Week to show students that they don’t only have to stay on campus to get good food. They should go out and explore the city.”Safety will be the main focus of Tuesday’s events, which will take place on the South Area Lawn. Self-defense, bike safety and CPR classes will be offered to students and In-N-Out burgers will be served to those who participate.Jack Huebner, a freshman majoring in cognitive science, hopes to work on the EMT Team at sporting events on campus next year and is utilizing Awareness Week to learn CPR.“I’m excited for Tuesday, which will definitely help me prep for applying to work on the emergency response team at sporting events next year,” Huebner said.Wednesday’s events move       off-campus to Cardinal Gardens where health and wellness will be the topic of interest. A basketball tournament is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and healthy smoothies, burgers and granola will be offered to fuel the players.Friday will round up Awareness Week with events at Parkside geared towards helping students with stress relief. Puppies will be available for students to pet to relieve the anxiety of midterm season.Tina Tzeng, vice president of programming for RSG, emphasized that the organization wants to focus on more than just the social aspect of dorm life.“During fall semester, RSG holds a highlighter dance and ‘Save Tommy Night,’” Tzeng said. “Now in spring semester, we wanted to move away from just social life and move towards areas that we can highlight and improve in residential life as well.”Tzeng hopes that Awareness Week will serve as a bonding experience for those in student housing.“At RSG, we want to make dorms more than just a place to live, we want to make them a home,” Tzeng said. “Awareness Week gives everyone a break from studying and a chance to come and have some fun. If everyone has a smile on their face, the event was a success.”last_img read more