CSIT – Centre for Secure Information Technologies


CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge
Centre for cyber security Based at Queen’s University Belfast and
founded in 2009 our mission, to couple
major research breakthroughs in the field of secure information technologies with a unique model of innovation to drive economic and societal impact for
the nation has not wavered since then CSIT’s success, and that of
the cyber security industry is built on a steady pipeline of talented
students and researchers Our Masters in
Applied Cyber Security is training the next generation of
global industry leaders Established in 2014, we have since enrolled
107 students from around the world to study CSIT’s doctoral training programme
has graduated 33 PhD students to date CSIT currently has 90 staff
comprising academic researchers and a significant engineering, professional
services and commercial team with deep domain expertise in cyber
driving innovation activities and making it one of the largest
Centres of its kind in the UK Significant research programmes
to date have included The £5m UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware
and Embedded Systems (RISE) funded by EPSRC and the NCSC SAFEcrypto
– worth €3.8m this was the first EU Horizon 2020 project
to be co-ordinated in Northern Ireland CAPRICA and COSMIC – Led by Professor Sakir
Sezer and Dr Kieran McLaughlin core projects in the UK Research Institute
in Trustworthy Inter-connected Cyber-physical Systems CSIT was one of the first Academic Centres
of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised by the NCSC and EPSRC in 2011 with
that status retained in the 2016 round assessment and 100% of our research REF results are world-leading
or internationally excellent Our unique membership model
has seen us develop longstanding advisory and industrial
collaborations with global partners This unique Open Innovation model allows research
to translate to industry in an agile way ensuring demonstrable technology is in the
hands of end users quickly Recent examples include Partnering with BAE Systems on video based
semantic analysis of crowd behaviour for the UK Defence
and Security Accelerator Thales have used our novel physical uncloneable
function technology in a demonstrator for electronic component
anti-counterfeiting Thales and Dell EMC have both used our practical
post-quantum cryptography architectures and software libraries in demonstrators as
a first step to commercialisation A collaboration with TES Group, led to the
discovery of a critical vulnerability affecting critical national infrastructure
networks globally As a result, the vendor developed a patch,
ensuring the vulnerability cannot be exploited by hackers 17 start-ups from across the UK
have graduated from the CSIT Labs incubator programme
over three cohorts Our CSIT Labs experience is now being applied
on a truly national scale CSIT are a delivery partner on the £13.5m
UK Government funded London Office for Rapid
Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) where we provide academic and
engineering support CSIT has been a critical resource in establishing
and promoting Northern Ireland as a leading UK cyber security
innovation ecosystem CSIT’s regional impact has ensured Northern
Ireland is the number one international investment location for US sourced
cyber security development projects This burgeoning ecosystem has grown significantly
and now numbers over 40 companies CSIT was honoured with a Queen’s
Anniversary Prize in 2015 for our work in strengthening
global cyber security Professor Máire O’Neill was a Blavatnik
Award Medallist in 2019 Dr Niall McLaughlin was a finalist in the
Mobile World Scholar Challenge at MWC19 for his work on Deep Learning
for Mobile Malware Detection Professor Sir John McCanny was
inaugurated as Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professor
in December 2016 Dr Sandra Scott Hayward was
awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Open Networking Foundation for her
work on the Security Working Group My team and I have exciting
plans for the future under the theme of ‘Secure Connected Intelligence’ Investments in infrastructure are
already coming on stream as part of the Belfast
City Region deal We are looking to the East and West,
North and South to build a coalition of partners across the academic,
industrial, government and investment communities to build on the research successes of CSIT over the last
10 years and our unique innovation ecosystem and cement our position as
a strategic national asset

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