Queen's-based CSIT to help deliver new £13.5 cyber security centre
The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at Queen’s University Belfast, has been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation centre in London.
Located in the East End’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Cyber Innovation Centre (LCIC) will help secure the UK’s position as global leader in cyber security innovation.
CSIT, which is based at Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), is partnering with Plexal and Deloitte and will play a key role in the new centre.
Dr Godfrey Gaston, CSIT Director, said Queen's is excited to be involved in the major project. "Cyber security is a significant societal challenge which CSIT is addressing through its globally recognised research excellence. Building on our unique model of innovation, CSIT will deliver cutting edge academic research insights and engineering resources to the 72 start-ups based at LCIC. The project will support engineering and innovation jobs here in Belfast and deliver wider economic benefits to the region.”
“CSIT has been at the forefront of UK cyber security research, innovation and economic impact since being established in 2009. During this time our centre has utilised a unique model of innovation which marries world leading academic research with industrially experienced engineering capability to establish and support the growth of cyber security companies across the UK and helping them reach new markets across the globe. We are excited to be involved in delivering the LCIC which will enable us to support the next generation of companies in this dynamic and strategically important industry," Dr Gaston said
Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, added: “This new centre in the Olympic Park will build on the site’s legacy of excellence and spark a wave of creativity to develop tomorrow’s technology and protect the nation from the increasing cyber threat.”
CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security, and the UK’s largest cyber security focused university technology research, development and innovation centre.