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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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Institute of Cyber Security for Society

Welcome to the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

We promote wide-ranging interdisciplinary research in cyber security and help enhance the cyber security skills and awareness of our students and the wider community. We achieve this through a diverse range of cyber security activities, including research, educational activities, professional training, industrial consultancies, expert talks and media communications. Our external partnerships with industries, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) enable us to develop wide-ranging collaborations with the cyber security community in the UK and worldwide.

iCSS is built on the success of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS),  one of only 19 centres in the UK recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). KirCCS achieved recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research from 2015-2017 and again from 2018-2023. The institute further extends the cyber security research of KirCCS, especially within its socio-technical security and privacy research theme, into wider areas such as international conflict, cyber influence and behaviour, cybercrime, cyber law, and digital financial technology.

Alongside our activities in research and innovation, we coordinate University-wide educational activities around cyber security, including our pool of cyber-related modules across different schools and new cyber-related interdisciplinary degree programmes. We also support the University’s Cyber Security Improvement Group (CSIG), established in 2021. We have our own dedicated space in Keynes College, which hosts the management team, core academic staff, administrative staff, research staff and PhD students, in order to promote exchanges and collaborations between researchers and lecturers across participating Schools. The space includes labs and a lounge for the use of iCSS staff and students, as well as dedicated space for hosting both short and long-term visitors.

From time to time, we have calls for applications for PhD studentships and job posts. Find out more by visiting our Join us page. If you are interested in studying a cyber security degree, learning more about our activities, working with us on cyber security projects or anything else related to cyber security, please contact us.

iCSS is a one-stop hub in cyber security matters for everyone – if you have a question on cyber security, or need help and don’t know what to do, feel free to reach out and we will find out how we can help you.