The University of Southampton

Southampton awarded gold status for excellence in cyber security education

Published: 15 December 2020
Southampton is a Centre of Excellence in both cyber security research and education.

First-rate cyber security teaching at the University of Southampton has been recognised with a prestigious Gold Award in a new government programme from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Southampton is one of the first universities in the UK to be named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE).

The Gold Award complements the University's existing status as a Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research, which it first obtained in 2012.

Under the leadership of Professor Vladimiro Sassone, Southampton has consolidated its expertise by launching a Cyber Security Academy as well as a dedicated Research Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science.

The University's integrated undergraduate Master's degree in Computer Science with Cyber Security has been provisionally-certified by the NCSC - a part of GCHQ - and the full Master's degree in Cyber Security is now fully-certified.

Professor Sassone, Director of Southampton's Cyber Security Research Centre and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, says: "Southampton has delivered significant impact in cyber security research and education at regional, national and international levels for many years and this latest recognition by the NCSC only confirms our position as a world-leader in this very important field of study and activity.

"Very few universities in the UK - and around the world - can boast excellence in both cyber security research and education but my colleagues at Southampton, together with our many partners in academia and industry, have proven that we certainly do stand out in addressing the many cyber security threats we experience daily."

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