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The Institute of Security is a new research institute established at the University of Suffolk, which aims to bring together academics, entrepreneurs, and industrialists to deliver impactful research in multiple areas of cybersecurity for the benefit of individual citizens, wider society and the UK economy. We are Suffolk CENTRIC in that we are a regional partner of the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research.

The Institute of Security is based in the School of Science, Technology and Engineering. We enjoy strong partnerships and collaborations with CENTRIC, (ISC)2, and businesses (including companies such as ARM and BT).

The work of the Institute will focus on three pillars: research, teaching and consultancy.

Our initial research topics and themes include:

  • Secure agile software development;
  • Strategic security and information warfare;
  • Applications  of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to cybersecurity;
  • Technology innovation in software and  network security;
  • Social engineering and citizen awareness

In teaching, the Institute will support the University of Suffolk’s expanding undergraduate degree provision in computing. Cybersecurity has been interwoven into our computing degrees and degree apprenticeships. From academic year 2018/19, we will be offering a full BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity degree programme. All of our computing degrees incorporate the opportunity for students to obtain CSSLP and CISSP industrial certifications. In the future, we hope to offer a cybersecurity degree apprenticeship and taught Masters-level programmes.

To support employers who have specific training needs, the Institute will be involved in providing continuing professional development in areas such as security risk analysis and mitigation, secure software development, secure system configuration (cloud, network, etc.), cyber defense, and data privacy.

In tandem with CPD training, the Institute will support regional businesses by providing consultancy expertise and supporting enterprise activities through InnovationBridge, KEEP+ and Knowledge Transfer Partnership programmes.