THE CLEVER CLOGS at Oxford University are lending their collective brains to the fight against cyber crime.
Today the university launched the Cyber Security Centre, a sort of brain trust for considering computer security threats and mitigating them.
In a statement it said that since we live in what it called "a data-centric world" we should have systems that support this. This extends beyond the individual that clicks on a link from someone they do not know on Facebook and installs an app to businesses, the army, government and national infrastructures.
Step forward these men and women then, who will research computer security threats and oversee research activity with a £5m pool of investment.
The newly formed group should lead to more research, it added, and has 12 full time academics, 25 researchers and 18 doctoral students at its disposal.
"Oxford is striving to have a positive impact on society and the economy. Helping to create a more secure digital environment will be a wonderful way of doing this," said professor Sadie Creese, director of the Cyber Security Centre.
"Security requires a positive - and to a large extent open - collaboration between industry, government agencies and universities. That is what we aim to achieve."
So far its unnamed projects cover things like spotting security problems in cloud networks, identifying malicious activity aimed at smartphones and enhanced controls for personal privacy. µ
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