University research into cyber security and online privacy is to be further developed following government recognition.
The University has been named as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK National Cyber Security Centre and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
It is one of 14 institutions in the UK and the first in Scotland to be given this recognition.
The development will support ongoing research by experts at the University to protect the security and privacy of individuals and organisations – including businesses – online.
Work in this field at Edinburgh includes developing improved cryptography and currency technologies to make online transactions safer.
Its experts are also working on security of software and networks, to prevent hacking of websites, phones and online devices – including the Internet of Things.
They are also designing quantum security technology based on properties found in sub-atomic particles.
Edinburgh’s researchers also study social aspects of digital security and privacy, including regulatory frameworks, and how to design systems that fit with how people think and work.
The University’s recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research was announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP, at the Informatics Forum.
The University hopes that its new accreditation will help researchers to win more funding, build connections with industry, and attract more researchers and students to work in the field.
This will continue a programme of investment the University has made with key staff appointments, increasing internal and external partnerships and hosting sector events.
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. I am pleased to announce the University of Edinburgh as the latest academic institution to contribute their expertise to this vital field, joining 13 other universities from around the country. 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.
Cyber security and privacy is now an essential aspect of modern life which impacts the technology we see and use, as well as the behind-the-scenes technology we rely on that supports the physical and virtual infrastructures. Our recognition as a centre of excellence will bring fresh impetus to our research to help make the digital world safer for everyone.