Cyber Security Research Centre

About cyber security

The importance of cyber security for individuals, businesses, the industry and for society as a whole, derives from the value of the information which needs protecting, from the impact that malicious activities can have on business operations and from the danger of distorting the democratic values of our society. Cyber security covers the security of all aspects of online information processing, including:

  • information itself
  • access to the information
  • its transportation across networks and the information processing operations in various places – whether on the desktop, within storage, in the Cloud or in motion

Mission and objectives

The University's Cyber Security Research Centre was officially opened in September 2018 with a dedicated investment of £500,000. The Centre was created by the School of Computing and Digital Media as a space where academics and businesses can meet and work together to solve cyber security problems of significance for business and for society. Its core activities lie in three main areas:

  • teaching of digital forensics, data analytics and cyber security in a secure environment
  • research into cyber security at postgraduate and doctorate level
  • industrial research, innovation and consultancy projects in cyber security

Several academic groups (spanning computing, computer networks and electronics and communications) are working together at the Centre to implement these goals. Although the Cyber Security Research Centre is situated within the School of Computing and Digital Media, it is also open for collaboration with other departments at the University and welcomes enquiries from businesses and external organisations.

Former VC John Raftery speaking at Cyber Security Research Centre launch event


Prof. Vassil Vassilev 

Deputy Director (Research and Innovation)

Dr Mohamed Ghanem 

Deputy Director (Teaching and Training)

Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani


External Members

Student members

Mark Brett
Kai Tang
Sorin Radu
Reza Baghaeishiva

Cyber Security Research Centre – supported businesses

Take a look at how our Cyber Security Research Centre supports businesses, including Lloyds Banking Group, and the opportunities that this allows our students to have.



Events and seminars from the Cyber Security Research Centre