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EPSRC Reference: EP/S022503/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity
Principal Investigator: Pym, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Carr, Professor M Johnson, Professor SD
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Amazon Web Services (Not UK) Barclays Bank Plc Cisco
Creditmint Cybernetica AS (Norway) Google
Hatdex Community Foundation Kryptik PBC Lloyd's Register Foundation
Microsoft National Cyber Security Centre National Police Chief's Council
Privitar Ripple Spherical Defence
The Tor Project Veganetwork.io
Department: Computer Science
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 30 September 2027 Value (£): 5,733,543
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Sys. & Architecture Fundamentals of Computing
Information & Knowledge Mgmt Networks & Distributed Systems
Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Financial Services
Information Technologies Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel D – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Recent reports from the Royal Society, the government Cybersecurity strategy, as well as the National Cyber Security Center highlight the importance of cybersecurity, in ensuring a safe information society. They highlight the challenges faced by the UK in this domain, and in particular the challenges this field poses: from a need for multi-disciplinary expertise and work to address complex challenges, that span from high-level policy to detailed engineering; to the need for an integrated approach between government initiatives, private industry initiatives and wider civil society to tackle both cybercrime and nation state interference into national infrastructures, from power grids to election systems. They conclude that expertise is lacking, particularly when it comes to multi-disciplinary experts with good understanding of effective work both in government and industry.

The EPSRC Doctoral Training Center in Cybersecurity addresses this challenge, and aims to train multidisciplinary experts in engineering secure IT systems, tacking and interdicting cybercrime and formulating effective public policy interventions in this domain. The training provided provides expertise in all those areas through a combination of taught modules, and training in conducting original world-class research in those fields. Graduates will be domain experts in more than one of the subfields of cybersecurity, namely Human, Organizational and Regulatory aspects; Attacks, Defences and Cybercrime; Systems security and Cryptography; Program, Software and Platform Security and Infrastructure Security. They will receive training in using techniques from computing, social sciences, crime science and public policy to find appropriate solutions to problems within those domains. Further, they will be trained in responsible research and innovation to ensure both research, but also technology transfer and policy interventions are protective of people's rights, are compatible with democratic institutions, and improve the welfare of the public. Through a program of industrial internships all doctoral students will familiarize themselves with the technologies, polices and also challenges faced by real-world organizations, large and small, trying to tackle cybersecurity challenges. Therefore they will be equipped to assume leadership positions to solve those problems upon graduation.
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