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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

The University of Kent has set cyber security as one of its strategic research areas and has therefore established the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), a University-wide hub promoting interdisciplinary research and educational activities in a wide range of cyber security related topics.

iCSS is built on the success of 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).

The Institute will further extend 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.

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Alongside KirCCS, the new Kent Cyber Security Educational Centre (KeCSEC) has also been established as one of the two pillars of iCSS’s activities. It will coordinate University-wide educational activities around cyber security, such as setting up a pool of cyber-related modules across different schools and new cyber-related interdisciplinary degree programmes. The Institute will also support the University’s Cyber Security Improvement Group (CSIG), which will be established later in 2021.The Institute now has its 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 common room, for the use of iCSS staff and students. There is also dedicated space for hosting both short and long-term visitors and for meetings to discuss interdisciplinary funding applications.

The current participating schools (those with at least one Core or Associate Member) include:

Some members of the Institute will retain offices in their home schools, helping to strengthen the connections between iCSS and the participating schools, for example through shared seminar series, joint PhD supervisions, and equipment sharing arrangements.

If you are interested in being informed about the activities of the Institute, including our news, events, seminars and funding opportunities, please contact us so that we can add you to the relevant mailing list(s).