Cardiff University recognized as a center of academic excellence in cybersecurity education

Cardiff University has received a Gold Award as an Academic Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Education (ACE-CSE) from the UK’s National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), part of GCHQ.

The award secures the university a place among the top 13 UK universities recognized in this government program celebrating excellence in cybersecurity education. Cardiff is now one of only four research-intensive Russell Group universities in the UK to hold both ACE-CSE status for education and ACE-CSR status for its work in research on cybersecurity.

The ACE-CSE Core Team is a multidisciplinary group of world-class researchers from the Cardiff Center for Cyber ​​Security Research, based within the School of Computer Science & Informatics. The school offers degree programs including an MSc in Cybersecurity and an MSc in Cybersecurity and Technology. Both MSc programs are delivered in a designated world-class cybersecurity and forensics laboratory in the university’s state-of-the-art £39 million Abacws building. In addition to postgraduate degrees, the school also offers an undergraduate degree in computer science which is available with the specialization in security and forensics.

Cardiff University’s outreach efforts – recognized with the Gold Award – aim to raise awareness of cybersecurity and provide cybersecurity skills through its events and initiatives. ACE-CSE team members are involved in many notable UK outreach initiatives including Technocamps, TeenTech, UnlockCyber. And since 2018, Cardiff University has supported the CyberFirst program by running regular daily events such as CyberFirst Adventurers and Trailblazers in secondary schools across Wales.

Dr Yulia Cherdantseva, Director of ACE-CSE at Cardiff University (pictured centre), says her team is delighted with the recognition and looks forward to continuing their work to strengthen and improve quality and of cybersecurity education and training provision in Wales and around the world.

Pete Burnap, professor of data science and cybersecurity at the school (pictured right) added that he was delighted with the news, knowing that the teaching team were working tirelessly to develop and refine programs that ensure that companies secure graduates equipped with the sought-after technique. cybersecurity skills.

“I am particularly excited about our future plans to upskill local people into cyber careers through cutting-edge CPD activity tailored to the needs of employers,” says Professor Burnap. “As the university spearheading the £13.8m Wales Cyber ​​Innovation Hub, we aim to make this region a pool of work-ready talent that attracts businesses to the region and creates highly paid jobs for the local population. Its ambition is to upskill and reskill more than 1,500 local people with practical cybersecurity skills.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber ​​Growth, (pictured here left) added: “It is proof of the continued efforts of academics, support staff and senior management that cybersecurity remains a priority at the Cardiff University agenda.

“We look forward to working with them over the next few years and strongly encourage other universities to work towards achieving similar recognition in the future.”

Through its leading role in Cyber ​​Innovation Hub, Cardiff University will continue to support the growth and maturation of the cybersecurity education ecosystem in Wales by working closely with the Welsh Government. , industry partners and other educational institutions in the region and around the world.

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