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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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Research and Innovation

Director: Professor Shujun Li

iCSS harnesses expertise across the University to address current and potential cyber security challenges. We care about the real world: Our research addresses real world research problems, and we are committed to converting our research into real world innovations, methods, procedures, products, services and policies, and to help people and organisations behave more securely online and in the cyber-physical world.

The iCSS represents the University of Kent as a UK government recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), one of only 19 such centres in the UK. It is recognised by both the government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of GCHQ) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation). The current recognition started in August 2018 and will last until June 2022.

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We work with external organisations including industry, government and NGOs to help produce and promote good products, systems, practices and behaviours in cyber security. iCSS also works closely with international researchers, practitioners, policy makers and organisations, helping to increase the international visibility and influence of UK researchers in cyber security.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us.

Our offer

Research expertise at the iCSS comprises internationally renowned specialists, and is designed to produce creative and practical solutions. We collaborate both nationally and internationally, and welcome the opportunity to discuss collaboration at individual, institutional and national levels.

Our subject experts are leaders in their field, with real-world experience of delivering business solutions. We work with businesses as partners and consultants, on supporting industry-funded PhDs and research placements, or in delivering training and collaborating on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Through our research and innovation activities, we help to inform policies and support public bodies’ work in cyber security. We also offer tailored consultancy services along with training and partnering opportunities.

We work with schools and teachers to undertake joint research on cyber security and online safety, for example, co-creation of cyber security games and extended student projects for pupils. Visit our Outreach page to learn more about our work with schools.