The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast has received a boost in support from the government in the form of a £5 million grant to expand programming. According to a statement by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the grant will be used towards the enhancement of virtual environment and connected devices security, to address emerging threats to laptops, smartphones, and cloud storage, in addition to improving national infrastructure security. The EPSRC is providing the grant with its re-branded Technology Strategy Board, Innovate UK.
With a five-year goal of £38 million for research investment, CSIT is already working towards increasing its worldwide industry and academic partnerships, including the recruitment of new engineering, research, and commerce staff.
According to online news sources, since its launch in 2009, CSIT has established three companies, Titan IC Systems, Sensurity, and Activ Wireless, focusing on secure machine to machine authentication, mobile biometric authentication and anomaly detecting algorithms for complex networks.
“The £5 million grant, along with £9 million core funding from Queen's, will help the CSIT to continue to grow as a UK innovation and knowledge centre by coupling research with the needs of industry to promote economic development,” the EPSRC told the press.