As the first centre of its kind in Europe, the Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Security Analytics will be located at Cardiff University's School of Computer Science and Informatics.
“Cyber-security research is of critical importance in our digital society so it's extremely important that we find innovative, real-world solutions to help detect, and protect against, dangerous cyber-attacks,” said Professor Colin Riordan, vice-chancellor at Cardiff University.
Research studies will focus on machine learning, data analytics and artificial intelligence for cyber-attack detection. The research will aim to protect IT networks, intellectual property and critical national infrastructure.
In an attempt to fill the skills gap that currently exists in the cyber-security field, the centre will also develop industry-relevant academic programmes in cyber-security.
Together, Cardiff University and Airbus have received more than £1 million of funding for research into cyber-security including studying risks to the systems that underpin critical national infrastructure.
“Cyber-security analytics is about improving our resilience to cyber-attacks through data modelling to detect and block malicious behaviour before it causes its full impact, but also about understanding what motivates the behaviour, what its likely impact will be, and how to communicate security alerts among decision and policy-makers,” said Dr Pete Burnap, director of the Centre of Excellence for Cyber-Security Analytics.