The University of Southampton, a partner of the SCCoE, has become one of the first organisations in the country to be recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education.
By receiving a Gold Award for Education by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, which is part of GCHQ) Southampton becomes one of a handful of universities to gain recognition as a Centre of Excellence for both Cyber Security Education and Research, which the University first obtained in 2012.
The status is part of an overall UK government strategy aimed at protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world. Under the leadership of Professor Vladimiro Sassone, the University has consolidated its expertise by launching a Cyber Security Academy as well as a dedicated Research Group to serve as a hub for world-leading education and research.
Professor Sassone, Director of Southampton’s Cyber Security Research Centre and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, said: “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.”
Professor Mark E Smith, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, said: “I am delighted to congratulate my colleagues in who have further elevated Southampton’s status to be one of the few universities to have Gold recognition as a world-leading Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Education. Their efforts over a considerable period result in Southampton’s excellent track record in this field such that we are at the forefront of developing the skills and research needed to tackle this growing threat to global security. Tackling such threats is more relevant now than at any other time in our history and it is pleasing that we are playing a leading role.”
You can read the full story here https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/12/cyber-award.page