An international collaboration between the UK and Japan will hopefully generate new techniques for combatting cyberattacks.
The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, a UK Cyber Security Academic Centre of Excellence, has signed a ‘Memoranda of Understanding’ with the Network Security Laboratory of the Japanese National Institute of Communications and Technology (NICT), a top Japanese research institute.
The agreement will see the institutions work in partnership on ground-breaking ideas and technologies to protect computers and data from cyberattacks.
Science and Innovation Network
The partnership between Queen’s, Lancaster University, Imperial College London, and the NICT, the sole Japanese national laboratory dedicated to information and communications technology research, was brokered through the Science and Innovation Network (SIN).
Commenting on the agreement, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, said: “This cybersecurity collaboration is the latest example of our growing reputation as a powerhouse of world-class research, promoting innovation, advancing knowledge and supporting the needs of society.”
Dr Godfrey Gaston, Director of Operations at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “The threat to our cybersecurity respects no borders and is truly global in its reach. This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with Japan’s premier Cybersecurity Research Institute and reflects CSIT’s growing reputation as a global innovation hub for cybersecurity research.”
Further evidence of Queen’s commitment to leading research can be seen in its recent placement in the top ten in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise. In this exercise, 93% of the research conducted by CSIT academics was adjudged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.