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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

Director: Professor Shujun Li

The research activities of iCSS are coordinated by Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS). KirCCS harnesses expertise across the University to address current and potential cyber security challenges.

Its strategic objectives are to promote wide-ranging multidisciplinary research and to teach and develop skills in cyber security to its students and the wider community, through its research activities, degree programmes, external-facing events, workshops, visits, public talks and professional training.

KirCCS 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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Take a look at our animated explainer video to find out what goes on at KirCCS:

The Centre has Core members from the School of Computing and School of Engineering and Digital Arts, and Associate members from many other schools and disciplines across the University and a number of affiliated researchers (research associates, PhD students and visiting researchers).

We work with external organisations including industry, government and NGOs to help produce and promote good products, systems, practices and behaviours in cyber security.

KirCCS 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.

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