Cyber Security

We live in a digital society in which technology and data are an important part of almost every aspect of our daily lives. Paramount to ensuring the trust and effectiveness of our digital society is the protection of our data, and the resilience of our supporting storage and communication infrastructure. There are numerous, evolving challenges to be addressed, driven by factors such as the ever-increasing amount of data, the introduction of new infrastructure (e.g., mobile devices, and the Internet of Things), and the greater burden placed on people for effectively managing security and privacy.

Our aim is to foster a strong and vibrant Cyber Security research community in Scotland, and to raise the recognition and prominence of this community in the UK and internationally. Our community consists of researchers and practitioners with an interest in Cyber Security, including those whose core interests lie in related areas; such as Cyber-Physical Systems, Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction  and Networking and Systems

We have funding to support research activities or events aimed at knowledge sharing. Collaborative activities will be prioritised, and support is open to all researchers and practitioners with an interest in Cyber Security; we especially welcome participation from colleagues in industry, government, and policing. Travel support for Scottish research students and academic staff who wish to participate in Scottish research events is also available.

The Research Theme Leaders for Cyber Security are Dr Karen Renaud, University of Strathclyde ( and Dr Jacques Ophoff, University of Abertay (

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