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Cardiff Welcomes ‘First of its Kind’ Cyber Security Research Centre


In an attempt to fill the skills gap in the field of cyber security, Cardiff has welcomed a new research centre, situated at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Set to tackle cyber attacks, the centre has been referred to as ‘the first of its kind’, with the research conducted to help protect corporate IT networks, intellectual property and critical national infrastructure.

Launching the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics, Cardiff University and Airbus said it was the first of its type in Europe, seeing experts from both organisations join forces for this large-scale project. Working on machine learning, data analytics and artificial intelligence for cyber-attack detection, the collaboration is destined to make real progression in this niche field.

The university has also been gifted £2m to create a machine that will detect cyber threats, with the centre needing to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to security breaches of this nature.

Dr Pete Burnap from the university, the centre’s director, said:

“Cyber security analytics is about improving our resilience to cyber-attacks through data modelling to detect and block malicious behaviour before it causes its full impact.

“But [it’s] also about understanding what motivates the behaviour, what its likely impact will be, and how to communicate security alerts among decision and policy-makers.”

Dr Kevin Jones, head of cyber security innovation at Airbus, said collaborating with universities was “a key approach in the future protection of critical systems”, enabling the rapid transfer of research into operational activities.

Wales is well placed to take advantage of this growing industry, with such projects and initiatives successful in crafting experts in the space. Wanting to stay at the forefront of online crime detection and prevention, Welsh Government are also eager to turn south east Wales into a flourishing industry hub.