The University has set Cyber Security as one of its strategic research areas and has decided to extend Kent interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) into a larger unit.
SoCyETAL is built on the success of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), which is one of only 19 centres in the UK to be recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
SoCyETAL will extend the cyber security research of KirCCS, especially its socio-technical security theme, into wider areas such as international conflict, cyber influence and behaviour, cybercrime, cyber law, and financial technology. It will also coordinate the university wide teaching activities around cyber security, such as setting up a number of cyber security related interdisciplinary PGT programmes across the whole university.
The Institute will have its own dedicated physical space hosting newly recruited academics, administrative staff, research staff, PhD students and visiting researchers in order to promote interaction between researchers from the participating schools and with external collaborating institutions. The current participating schools include:
- School of Computing
- School of Engineering and Digital Arts
- School of Psychology
- School of Politics and International Relations
- Kent Law School
- School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR)
- Kent Business School (KBS).
Some members of the Institute will retain offices in their home schools, helping to strengthen the connections between SoCyETAL and the participating schools, for example through shared seminar series, joint PhD supervisions, and equipment sharing arrangements.
Similar to the structure of KirCCS, SoCyETAL will have Core Members from the above participating schools and Associate Members from more schools and disciplines.
We expect that the new physical space for the Institute will be ready in Autumn 2020 and officially launched in Summer 2021.