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Centre for Cyber Security
and Resilience


Centre for Cyber Security
and Resilience

A Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence

Protecting the fabric of society

Emergent systems have a profound impact on society. They affect society’s interaction with those technologies in unprecedented ways.

This holds for the individual’s experience of the digital realm, as well as for society as a whole. We:

  • research and innovate in cyber security and resilience
  • look at key emergent systems
  • support individuals and society to guard safety, progress and prosperity

We aim at collaborating across faculties to create research opportunities. These include work in:

  • core cyber security and resilience techniques
  • key emergent application areas, meaningful for society
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The Centre is led by its Director, Prof Thomas Gross, the Professor of System Security of the School of Computing, and a dedicated steering group, the members of which represent designated research themes introduced below.

Our research themes

The initial research themes are designed to build bridges between Newcastle research strengths and yield cross-disciplinary value.

About us

Newcastle University founded its cyber security research initiative in 2010. We responded to increasing global cyber crime and the need for resilient systems. We became an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) in 2013.

We pursue a holistic research vision in this area. We look at a wide range of applications, including:

  • protection of cyber systems supporting society
  • socio-technical aspects of cyber security

The NUCoRE in Cyber Security and Resilience includes members with a wide range of expertise across faculties. Core cyber security topics are also investigated in the group Secure and Resilience Systems (SRS) of the School of Computing.

Code on screen shows virus present.

Breadth of expertise

Our Centre builds on world-leading research in dependability and formal methods. It's underpinned by rigorous quantitative and evidence-based data. But we also incorporate research in social sciences, arts and culture, business and law.

This NUCoRE benefits from Newcastle's growing strength in data science. It collaborates with NUCoRE Data, the National Innovation Centre for Data and partners with the Alan Turing Institute.

Highlighted recent projects

Newcastle Cyber Security and Resilience hosts a number of exciting research projects:

  • PETRAS - investigating privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security of IoT devices, systems and networks

  • CASCAde - enabling the security assurance of evolving topologies, while preserving confidentiality
  • CRITiCaL and EMPHASIS - conceptualising cybercrime psychologically and criminologically, while pitting the strengths of machine learning against it
  • FinTrust - infusing trust in the growing FinTech industry, especially focusing on automation and machine learning algorithms
A concept of a hacker attacking a smart building.

Facilities for fighting cyber crime

Cyber Security and Resilience benefits from a number of integrated, purpose-built labs and associated assets:

  • Cyber Security Incident Simulation Room - this lab aims at hosting ethical hacking and capture the flag exercises
  • Psycho-Physiological Measurement and Eye Tracking Lab - aims at complex experiments with precise, synchronized measurement of eye gaze, skin conductance, heart-rate variability, and human affect
  • Smart Building Lab - enables experiments on a well-controlled smart building environment including experiments on ethical hacking of such infrastructures under safe circumstances

Join us

We offer an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the University. You'll benefit from the rich tapestry of expertise.

Join us to connect to colleagues, for example, from:

  • computing
  • engineering
  • social sciences
  • law
  • arts and cultures
  • the business school

We have interest in cyber security and resilience in the widest sense. You are welcome, no matter whether you are a:

  • seasoned academic
  • early career researcher
  • research associate
  • PhD student

To join us, please contact our operations support, Angela Horend