The University of Bristol has been selected by the Government Communications HQ to become the home of a national cyber-security centre. The project is being backed by hugely influential organisations and programmes like the Research Councils Global Uncertainties Programme and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills as well as being granted £50,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research will establish Bristol on both the academic and business maps. Launched just last week with a series of talks from industry experts from BAE Systems, HP and Trend Micro, the national research centre will now focus on combating internet fraud and dealing with the threat of cybercrime.
The centre will attract top students and train the next generation of cyber security experts, increasing the number of IT security graduates. The centre will help formulate the Cyber Security research agenda and aid the government in defending against online attacks. This will hand in hand promote the internet as a safe and secure place to do business.
6% of the UKs GDP is generated by the internet, this is expected to grow significantly over the next few years. By 2017 there will be an extra 365,000 jobs purely based on the internet business boom. The hope is that the UK will be recognised as the safest place to do online business.