Cybersecurity

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The Cybersecurity theme is led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the partnership.

Background to the Theme

The online environment is increasingly being used by malicious individuals and groups for criminal or antisocial activity. The complexity of software, systems and processes increases the scope and incidence of vulnerabilities.

Our reliance on online systems means that successful cyber attacks are likely to have significant and damaging consequences. The combination of increased threats, vulnerabilities and consequences increases our exposure to cyber risks. Better cybersecurity can help reduce risks to an acceptable level.

Further research is needed to develop a clearer understanding of current and future vulnerabilities, the threats and consequences that result from them and the inadequacies of current approaches

PAST Cybersecurity-related Funding Calls

Human Dimensions of Cyber Security

The EPSRC welcomed proposals which address the challenges identified at the ‘Human Dimensions of Cyber Security’ (HDoCS) workshop in 2014. These challenges form the technical scope of this call and can be found here. Proposals were assessed initially by anonymous expert reviewers and then, for proposals receiving sufficient support, by a panel who will make funding recommendations to EPSRC.

Full details of the call and application process can be found on the EPSRC website.  Further information is also available from Miriam Dowle (Miriam.Dowle@epsrc.ac.uk). Researchers looking for advice on engagement with non-academic stakeholders to get some help with the “Pathway to Impact”, please contact Dr. Tristram Riley-Smith by email (tr356@cam.ac.uk).

Related Programmes and Activities

Public consultation on EU Commission’s contractual public-private partnership on cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Challenge UK

Related Research Grants

Contrails – Finding, Understanding and Countering Crime in the Cloud

Ethics and Rights in a Security Context

Related Papers and Reports

PaCCS/KTN Policy Briefing on Innovation Challenges in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Research Landscape – Dr Jatinder Singh from University of Cambridge