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EPSRC Reference: EP/P009301/1
Title: Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway: Renewal of the CS-CDT at RHUL
Principal Investigator: Cid, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Kinder, Dr J O'Keeffe, Dr D Albrecht, Dr M
Adey, Professor P Martin, Professor K Paterson, Professor KG
Mayes, Professor K
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Department: Information Security
Organisation: Royal Holloway, Univ of London
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 October 2016 Ends: 31 March 2023 Value (£): 3,454,896
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fundamentals of Computing Information & Knowledge Mgmt
Logic & Combinatorics Mathematical Aspects of OR
Networks & Distributed Systems Political Geography
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Financial Services
Technical Consultancy Information Technologies
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Royal Holloway has been producing PhDs in cyber security and related areas for over 30 years, the last 20 of which have been under the auspices of the Information Security Group. Since 2013, RHUL has hosted one of the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, with 30 students currently enrolled. In the three years since its establishment, the CDT has made a sustained and successful effort to recruit a strong cohort of students from a diverse range of backgrounds. It has given those students a broad grounding in cyber security in preparation for research and accelerated them into the phase of formal PhD research studies. We have established effective governance structures that ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the CDT without losing sight of long-term strategic objectives. We have engaged with business to enhance the training programme and to shape the CDT research portfolio. Research outputs from CDT students are frequently featured in top research conferences, with some specifically identified impacts in the real world. Feedback from our external partners in industry and government demonstrates the great value of the CDT to them.

The strategic objectives of our CDT in Cyber Security are: to promote research in cyber security that is original, significant, and of international excellence; to encourage cyber security research that is responsive to the needs of society, both nationally and globally, particularly with regard to interdisciplinary working; to develop a cohort of researchers with a broad understanding of cyber security and an appreciation of the increasingly important interplay between theoretical, technical and human factors, as well as research skills; to seek new and develop existing relationships with the cyber security industry, in order to cultivate PhD graduates with the right skills to address the UK's future cyber security challenges; to engage with stakeholders in the cyber security industry, and society at large, in order to promote the work of the CDT and to inform the future research agenda; and to establish a doctoral training environment that will continue to meet the other strategic objectives beyond the lifetime of the funded CDT.

In its new phase, our CDT in Cyber Security will recruit three further annual cohorts, starting in September 2016. Royal Holloway remains the best place to host one of the CDTs in Cyber Security, given our track record, our capacity, organisation and culture, and our close relationships with the cyber security industry. The CDT has not only greatly enhanced the research environment and business engagement at the university, but also cultivated students who truly have the potential to become leaders in their fields.

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