Research institutes

Created:  18 Oct 2015
Updated:  11 Feb 2016
About research institutes developing cyber security capability in strategically important areas. The UK cyber security research community is a world leader in its field and attracts the best academics and students.

GCHQ, along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), is investing in three research institutes to develop cyber security capability in strategically important areas.

Research ethics: Sponsor's statement from GCHQ

Why GCHQ is investing in academia

GCHQ aims to raise the quality of cyber security throughout the UK.

Cyber security is an evolving field, with the potential for transformative research. We see a vital role for academia to play, alongside others, in driving forward the rigorous scientific understanding and evidence based approach required to underpin the future of cyber security on behalf of UK government, industry and citizens.

GCHQ is uniquely placed to facilitate relationships between academia and practitioners with 'real world' cyber security problems to benefit the research which is tackling these important security challenges.

Researcher independance

GCHQ is sponsoring fundamental research in cyber security which has the potential to transform our collective understanding. We encourage and actively value critical reflection on all aspects of cyber security. Researchers operate independently and are encouraged to publish their findings through a range of mechanisms and media in accordance with standard academic practice.

Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security

The Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) is hosted by University Collecge London. The four constituent projects focus on understanding the overall security of organisations, including their technology, people and processes. All have a strong behavioural element, addressing the measurement, modelling, visualisation and influence of human security behaviours.

 The following universities make up the RISCS:

For more information go to www.riscs.org.uk.

Research Institute in Automated Program Analysis and Verification

The Research Institute in Automated Program Analysis and Verification (RIAPAV) is hosted by Imperial College London. It began work in November 2013 investigating ‘Automated Program Analysis and Verification’. The goal of each of the six projects is to undertake leading-edge research which will investigate new ways of automatically analysing computer software to reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats.

The following universities make up the RIAPAV:

For more information go to www.verificationinstitute.org.

Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems 

The Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems (RITICS) began in January 2014. It focuses on understanding the industrial control systems which oversee the correct functioning of parts of the UK's critical national infrastructure. It is hosted by Imperial College London and will run for three years.

The following universities make up the RITICS:

For more information go to https://ritics.org/.

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