Lancaster University’s status as one of the top UK universities for cyber security research has again been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The most recent assessment by the NCSC, a part of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, has reaffirmed Lancaster University as an ‘Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR).

To be recognised as an ACE-CSR universities must meet tough minimum standards as well as proving certain criteria including that they have a critical mass of academics engaged in cutting-edge cyber security research and proven track record in high impact research.

Lancaster University is internationally renowned for interdisciplinary cyber security research with experts focusing across the technical aspects of cyber security, but also, importantly, the human factors behind cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

The University was first recognised as an ACE-CSR in 2012, making Lancaster one of the UK’s longest-established ACE-CSRs.

Professor Sarah Kemp, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University said: “Lancaster University’s cyber security research has been recognised as among the very best in the UK for more than a decade. Our world-class cyber research is a key part of our expanding range of cyber activities, which encompasses supporting businesses and the economy and developing a cyber skills pipeline. Our research excellence, which brings researchers together from multiple disciplines, underpins Lancaster University’s important role in the development of Lancashire and the North West region as one of the leading cyber security ecosystems in the country.”

Lancaster University’s cyber security expertise continues to grow with multimillion pound strategic investments in Security and Protection Science building capacity in research, teaching and facilities.

Lancaster University is also recognised by the NCSC as a Cyber Security Academic Centre of Excellence for its cyber security teaching and developing the cyber security leaders and professionals of the future.

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