2011 NEWS ARCHIVES

26/09/2011: CSIT JOINS NETWORK INTELLIGENCE ALLIANCE TO DRIVE INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP FOR NEXT-GENERATION NETWORK SOLUTIONS

CSIT Logo  Network Intelligence Alliance    

Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) today announced that it has become a member of the Network Intelligence Alliance (NI Alliance), a new industry organization created for collaboration among the Network Economy’s technology providers. Participation in the NI Alliance will help CSIT to engage more closely with industry specialists in the area of network intelligence and further enhance its leadership position in secure information technology research.

In today’s Network Economy—a world that now depends and runs on networks—accurate visibility and precise tracking of data crossing networks have become crucial to the availability, performance and security of applications and services. The growing complexity of IP transactions, the explosion of mobile applications, and the mainstream adoption of cloud computing surpass the capabilities of conventional tools to improve how networks operate, expand services and police illicit or criminal activity.  Just like Business Intelligence solutions emerged to unlock information hidden in the enterprise, Network Intelligence technology is an emerging category of technology to reveal the critical details of the data locked inside network traffic and transactions.

The NI Alliance serves two purposes: first, as a forum for collaboration among technology providers whose solutions secure data in transit, ensure efficient data delivery, monetize data transactions or track real-time information.  Through the NI Alliance, members can better serve their customers.

The NI Alliance also seeks to educate the market and the public on the role and value of Network Intelligence in protecting sensitive information; delivering value-added services, applications and information; and ensuring better performance of network-dependent solutions.

CSIT runs a world leading network security research cluster focused on real-time identification of malicious activity and malware attacks, and defensive measures for the protection of networks from such attacks.

”The NI Alliance brings together leading vendors in traffic capture, processing and network intelligence, all of which are key components of CSIT’s innovation strategy” says Stephen Wray, Commercial Director at CSIT. “The combination of CSIT’s world class research capability and the market focus of the NI Alliance will help us ensure technologies advance in line with real-world needs.”

The overarching guiding principle of the CSIT Network Security research cluster is to make the Internet a safer place for society. The research mission is to derive innovations in areas like content processing, real-time traffic mining, monitoring, content policing and early threat identification methods and algorithms; threat/attack mitigation and defensive countermeasure technologies for mobile, wireless and wire-line networks; detection & prevention of Internet misuse or abuse, and network/domain/host vulnerability analysis and assessment. The research also investigates threats such as malicious software, intrusion, cyber-warfare tactics targeting government and e-business, and Denial of Service (DoS) attack strategies, tools and technologies.

 “CSIT is a valuable addition to the NI Alliance and we welcome their participation,” said Erik Larsson, Chairman of the NI Alliance. “The NI Alliance is about collaborative innovation with organisations like CSIT, which plays a leadership role in network security research. Working with other NI Alliance members, CSIT will be able to more effectively leverage Network Intelligence to enhance their cyber security research strategy.”

Establishment of the NI Alliance was initiated by Qosmos, whose Network Intelligence technology components provide the crucial first step in understanding what’s passing through networks. Qosmos’ hardware and software components extract and interpret real-time traffic—translating a data stream’s 1s and 0s into their respective communications protocols, metadata and content for use by third-party applications.

Through the NI Alliance, Qosmos expands its collaborative approach to help vendors design and deliver advanced solutions with embedded Network Intelligence technology in less time and at lower cost.  The NI Alliance provides a channel for dialogue and partnerships that Alliance Members otherwise may not have considered or pursued when addressing the needs of joint customers. Visibility within the vendor community through the NI Alliance affords companies opportunities to market more comprehensive solutions with greater ROI and faster time to value for customers.

 

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13/09/2011: Newly published cyber security report identifies key research priorities for safeguarding the Internet of tomorrow

Outcome of CSIT’s Belfast 2011 Cyber Summit represents a global collective strategy for world’s leading research institutes

Developing self-learning, self aware cyber security technologies, protecting smart utility grids and enhancing the security of mobile networks are among the top research priorities needed to safeguard the internet of tomorrow, according to a report released today.

Published by the UK’s National Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the report represents the outcome of discussions held during the inaugural World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit hosted by CSIT earlier this year.

The Belfast 2011 event attracted international cyber security experts from leading research institutes, government bodies and industry who gathered to discuss current cyber security threats, predict future threats and the necessary mitigation techniques, and to develop a collective strategy for next generation research. 

The collective research strategy contained in the report identifies four research themes critical to the ongoing creation of cyber security defences:

  1. Adaptive cyber security technologies - research objectives in this area will include the development of self-learning cyber security technologies; self-awareness in cyber systems; the establishment of feedback in cyber systems to learn from cyber attacks.
  2. Protection of smart utility grids - research aims in this field will comprise: smart grid requirements gathering methodology; protection technologies for smart grid components; secure technologies for smart grid communications; smart grid and home area network integration that provides privacy and security of collected information; development of smart grid standards.
  3. Security of the mobile platform and applications - research in this space will target not only malicious applications but also mobile cyber security problems introduced by the configuration and use of mobile networks, including network availability, mobile web browsers and caller authentication.
  4. Multi-faceted approach to cyber security research - research will take into account social behavioural norms and societal desires in cyber space, cyber space policies, the impact of cyber and other legislation and the economics of cyber space and cyber security.

"Belfast 2011 brought together a diverse range of talent and knowledge in the cyber security field from which we have developed this strategy for next generation research,” says Prof John McCanny CSIT’s Principal Investigator.

"Our ambition is that this strategy will help to inform global cyber security research and act as a driver for cyber security roadmap definition over the coming year.  We will hold future summits at which changes in cyber security will be discussed and the proposed collective research strategies will be reviewed and developed."

Read the report here...

World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Cover  

 

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15/08/2011: Q1 Labs and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) Collaborate on Groundbreaking technology

Leading Security Intelligence provider joins BAE Systems, Thales and Altera on Industrial Board

 

Waltham, Mass. and Belfast, NI – Aug 11, 2011 – Q1 Labs, the global provider of total security intelligence solutions, today announced that it has become a member and official partner of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This builds on the company's existing European efforts out of its distribution, R&D, sales and support centre, also located in Belfast.

"Over the past 12-18 months, we have added 25 jobs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with many more across the rest of Europe, to increase our European presence while also trying to educate customers on security best practices," said Brendan Hannigan, CEO of Q1 Labs. "We took a keen interest in CSIT as the national centre for cyber research, because its efforts greatly align with our own – to provide IT users with the security intelligence necessary to safeguard their infrastructures."

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is a new innovation and knowledge centre and is based at Queen's University of Belfast's, Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast. CSIT's purpose is to create the security infrastructure needed to safeguard the trustworthiness of information stored electronically.

"As well as informing our pioneering research, CSIT membership provides access to that research. We look holistically at cyber security to develop ground-breaking security technologies and we act as an honest broker in the industry, bringing together industry leaders, government policy makers and the best of academia." said Stephen Wray, Commercial Director for The Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen's University Belfast.
"We are eager to work with Q1 Labs because of their dedication to providing security intelligence and thereby providing the most visibility available from the network security marketplace."

Q1 Labs, as a sponsor and board member, will contribute extensively to CSIT's research projects taking place at Queen's University Belfast, including the implementation of the QRadar Security Intelligence platform in CSIT's research lab.

For more information on CSIT, please click here.
 


About Q1 Labs
Q1 Labs is a global provider of high-value, cost-effective next-generation security intelligence products. The company's flagship product, the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, integrates previously disparate functions - including SIEM, risk management, log management, network behaviour analytics, and security event management - into a total security intelligence solution, making it the most intelligent, integrated and automated security intelligence solution available. QRadar provides users with crucial visibility into what is occurring with their networks, data centers, and applications to better protect IT assets and meet regulatory requirements. Q1 Labs is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., U.S.A., and the company's global customer base includes managed service providers, healthcare providers, energy firms, retail organizations, utility companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and universities, among others. For more information, visit Q1Labs.com, e-mail info@Q1Labs.com , or call 781-250-5800.

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15/07/2011: ECIT Institute a major force in EU FP7 security research

Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) is becoming a major force in European research. A team from the Institute led by Dr. Charles Gillan and Dr. David Linton, became the first from Northern Ireland to co-ordinate and win an FP7 security proposal.

Dr. Charles Gillan said, "The ECIT Institute is delighted to be coordinating HANDHOLD, a project that will deliver a mobile device to provide enhanced detection facilities at border crossings and airports. While the dog will remain a central part of the detection process the time is right to develop substantially improved mobile detection devices that can complement the role played by dogs".

The HANDHOLD consortium consists of nine partners who bring complementary expertise in all the fields needed to develop a mobile network based, low power CBRNE sensor system. Irish involvement in the consortium includes the Irish Customs Authority, Scorpion Networks, Tyndall National Institute Cork and NUI Galway. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany and representatives from law enforcement from around Europe give the team a strong multi-national flavour.

The addition of ECIT based firm Capna DSP in the consortium further highlights the strengths in Northern Ireland and indeed the ECIT Institute environment for international security research and development.

Partnerships involving businesses and academic groups from the Island of Ireland featured in five of the 11 successful projects in the EU Seventh Framework security research programme for 2010-2011.

According to figures from Enterprise Ireland, the indicative total European Community expenditure for security research in the period is €242,822,043. The aim of the research is to develop technologies and knowledge needed to ensure the security of EU citizens from threats such as terrorism and crime, natural disasters and industrial accidents.

Northern Ireland, is estimated to have won 0.98pc or €2,240,367 of the EC's total expenditure. (The final figure may even be higher, since the calculations were done manually and some of the allocations may have been misattributed to mainland UK).

If Northern Ireland were a country then on a cash-per-capita basis it would be third among the EC-27, behind Luxembourg and Belgium.

Appropriately in a year where cyber attacks have become centre stage, Queen's University Belfast's ECIT Institute also landed part of the PRECYSE project (Prevention, protection and REaction to CYber attackS to critical infrastructures).

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16/06/2011: Queen’s Team acheives 2nd place in World Wide Steganalysis Contest

The winners and organisers of BOSS contents

The Queen’s team, consisting of Dr. Fatih KURUGOLLU and Mr. Gokhan GUL, has reached the top second position in a world-wide Steganalysis contest which is the first challenge in this field - Steganalysis is the art of detecting hidden messages in digital media and countermeasure against steganography which aims to use innocuous looking digital media as a subliminal communication channel.

The aim of the BOSS (Break Our Steganographic System) contest is to break a state-of-art steganograhy method, Highly Undetectable steGO (HUGO) which was developed for this contest. HUGO is a steganalysis-aware method which takes into account the current best steganalysis technique, SPAM, developed by Prof. Fridrich’s team, who is the world leader and the pioneer in research on steganalysis, in SUNNY Bingham University, NY.

The contest started on 28th July 2010 with a warming phase. A training image set containing 10.000 images was provided by the organisers and the participants were asked to upload their prediction over the class of each image of a test set in the ranking phase started on 9th September 2010. The deadline for the contest was set up on 15th December 2010. Only those participants who attained more than 65% detection rate were allowed to enter the Hall of Fame since the detection rate of SPAM method on HUGO is 65%.

Dr. Kurugollu and Mr. Gul, who is doctoral scholar in Darmstadt Technical University, Germany and was a visitor researcher in Queen’s during the competition, participated in this contest based on their past successful research outcomes on steganalysis. During the competition the test set for ranking were downloaded from 114 different locations over the world but only three teams, including the Queen’s team, could achieve sufficiently high detection rates to enter the Hall of Fame.

The Queen’s team achieved 73% detection rate in their first attempt and raised it up to 77% until the deadline of the contest. The winner was Prof. Fridrich’s team with 82% detection rate. Although the Queen’s team discovered some powerful features, which yielded 85% detection rate, in the last week of the competition they could not finish the training before the deadline. The results were presented at the Information Hiding Conference in Prague on 18th May 2011 and the second price (a HUGO BOSS T-shirt) was presented to the team as a courtesy of the organisers.

Dr. Kurugollu said: “BOSS was a very challenging contest in which we put great effort but we enjoyed this challenge immensely as we have learnt so many valuable facts for steganalysis. One particular success is to discover a weakness in HUGO in terms of disturbing 1D features which are expected to be preserved by the method to evade the steganalysis systems. It is privilege for us to be praised by Prof. Fridrich based on this discovery as she emphasized this success with a quotation from Sherlock Homes -`There is nothing more deceiving than an obvious fact` – which should be kept in mind by researchers in any research activity.”

The details about the BOSS contest can be found at: Boss Contest

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15/06/2011: CSIT PhD student a best paper finalist at ISCAS 2011
Weiqiang Liu with the poster of his research
Weiqiang Liu with the poster of his research

Weiqiang Liu, a PhD student from the Data Security Systems Group at CSIT, was a best paper finalist at the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2011.

He presented his paper on 'Design Rules for Quantum-Dot Cellular Automata (QCA)', as part of a Special Session on QCA Circuit Design. He also presented a poster of his research as part of the best paper competition. His research work is carried out in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

The ISCAS conference, sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, is the world's premier networking forum for research in the theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems. Over 700 papers were presented at the conference and Weiqiang was one of only 8 finalists in the student best paper competition.

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19/05/2011: 5 DEL CSIT PhD Studentships in Capital Markets Engineering

Fees and annual maintenance grant of £18,590

With Invest NI, the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast, five of the world’s leading capital markets firms - CITIBANK, FIDESSA, FIRST DERIVATIVES, NYSE Technologies and SINGULARITY have come together to establish a research collaboration in Capital Markets Engineering. Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) and the collaborative companies these 3 year PhD studentships commence in October 2011 and provide fees and a maintenance grant of £18,590 for 2011/12. The studentships are open to eligible UK and EU citizens

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer now invite applications for 5 of these PhD Studentships to be based at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast. It is envisaged that the students will also spend a considerable amount of time at the company locations.

Academic Requirements:

Candidate should hold, or expect to hold by 15 August 2011, a first class or 2.1 honours degree in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science. An appropriate degree at Master’s level will be an advantage.

How to Apply:

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen's online application portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/

The deadline for submission of applications is 13 June 2011

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10/06/2011: CSIT STRENGTHENS LINKS WITH LEADING SOUTH KOREAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), recently hosted a delegation from Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), a leading South Korean centre of international expertise in telecoms and IT security. The senior delegation unveiled a plaque in CSIT reception and discussed current collaboration activities and outlined immediate plans for even greater collaboration.

Co-operation will include collaborative research and development projects to be undertaken by staff at Queen’s University’s CSIT and at ETRI in South Korea. Other planned activities include joint seminars and the exchange of information, publications and personnel. The research will investigate the protection of individuals and businesses from viruses and malware and will focus on commercial opportunities leading from the research.

CSIT director, Godfrey Gaston, says “the decision by ETRI to choose CSIT and Queen’s University reflects the quality of our work here at CSIT. ETRI are an internationally renowned institute and this strengthens the already vibrant collaboration with them.

 

 

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09/05/2011: Professor John McCanny presented with top academy award

Royal Irish Academy President Professor Luke Drury, presents Professor John McCanny with the Royal Irish Academy's Cunningham Medal.

One of the people behind the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park is to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to engineering by the Royal Irish Academy.

Professor John McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, will receive the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham Medal, the Academy’s premier award at a special ceremony later today.

The medal, which is presented every three years, recognises the outstanding contribution to scholarship and the objectives of the Academy by a member.  Previous recipients of the award include Sir William Rowan Hamilton, Sir William Wilde, Sir Bernard Crossland and most recently Seamus Heaney in 2008.

President of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Luke Drury said: “Professor McCanny is one of the world-leading authorities in the field of Microelectronics Systems design, to which he has made many pioneering and ground breaking contributions. Today, silicon chips based on his research are used in a wide range of everyday devices, which we take for granted, including mobile phones, digital televisions, video cameras and DVD recorders.

“It is only right and proper then, that the Royal Irish Academy bestows its highest and most prestigious honour – the Cunningham Medal- on Professor McCanny, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to scholarship.  As a Cunningham Medallist,Professor McCanny joins a distinguished list of world famous recipients, stretching right back to 1789.”

Professor John McCanny said: “I am very deeply honoured to be awarded the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham Medal.  As those who know me are aware, one of mycore passions is coupling university research with economic impact.  This is now on the agenda of many western nations, not least the UK and Ireland.  I am therefore very pleased that the Academy has decided to recognise this aspect of my work.

“Success in this area is difficult to achieve and requires a strong team contribution rather than that of a single individual. In accepting this medal, I do so on behalf of the teams of people I have had the pleasure of working with over many years.

“One of the recent recipients of the Cunningham medal was the late Professor Sir Bernard Crossland, a true gentleman and probably one if not the most influential engineers to have lived in these islands. Sir Bernard was a great inspiration to those that knew him. To receive this most prestigious honour so soon after his passing is therefore a very proud and humbling experience.”

Within Queen’s Professor McCanny was heavily involved in developing the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park, its £37M ECIT research flagship and more recently the £30M UK Centre for Secure Information Technology.  Prior to ECIT opening in 2003, the Science Park, located on the former Harland and Wolff shipyard, was a derelict “brownfield” site.  Today it hosts over 100 advanced technology companies employing over 1800 people and generating an estimated £75M per annum, in salaries alone, for the local economy.

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14/04/2011: Recent IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Visit - Prof. Nasir Memon
Dr Fatih Kurugollu (ECIT) with Prof. Nasir Memon (PINYU)
Dr Fatih Kurugollu (ECIT) with Prof. Nasir Memon (PINYU)

Prof. Nasir Memon, IEEE Fellow and director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) Lab at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, visited CSIT under the IEEE Distinguished Lecture Program. Prof. Memon is one of the worldwide leading researchers in multimedia security and digital forensics. He has published over 200 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds four patents in image compression and security with six more pending application. He has won several awards including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award from NYU-Poly. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and education grants exceeding $10 million. He was the former chair of IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer’s (IEEE) Transactions on Information Security and Forensics. He was an associate editor for IEEE’s Transactions on Image Processing, the Journal of Electronic Imaging, the ACM Multimedia Systems Journal, the LNCS Transaction on Data Hiding, IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and the International Journal on Network Security. Memon is the co-founder of Digital Assembly and Vivic Networks, two early-stage start-ups in NYU-Poly’s business incubator.

Prof. Memon’s visit started with a lecture on "Photo Forensics - There is more to a picture than meets the eye". This lecture not only provided deep insights for emerging media forensic problem but also established future directions in the topic. The lecture was followed by a detailed discussion on various aspects on digital forensics and security between the participants and Prof. Memon. After the lecture Prof. Memon visited several Labs and research groups around the ECIT including Image and Video Processing Lab, Millimeter Wave Lab, and Anechoic Chamber. During these visits the ECIT researchers shared their achievements with Prof. Memon.

After the visit, Prof. Memon expressed his impression that: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to ECIT and the several meetings I had with faculty and students there. I was very impressed by the breadth and depth of the research being carried out by the faculty of the Center for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) and look forward to building mutually beneficial collaborations in educational as well as research."

This visit has initiated a number of collaborations including a joint MSc programme on Computer and Electronic Security and a research proposal for “United States/Ireland R&D Partnership” research programme. The visit was supported by the IEEE Signal Processing Society and coordinated by Dr. Fatih Kurugollu in ECIT.

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16/03/2011: First ever World Cyber Security Summit at Queen's
Photo of Professor John McCanny; Dr Godfrey Gaston; Danny Kennedy, Minister for Employment and Learning and Professor Peter Gregson, Queen's University Vice-Chancellor, at the first ever World Cyber Security Summit at Queen's.
Professor John McCanny; Dr Godfrey Gaston; Danny Kennedy, Minister for Employment and Learning and Professor Peter Gregson, Queen's University Vice-Chancellor, at the first ever World Cyber Security Summit at Queen's.
Cyber security experts and government policy makers from around the world are gathering at Queen's University Belfast to develop the first ever global technology research strategy to counter cyber terrorism.

The inaugural World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit is being held at Queen's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) - the UK's lead centre for cyber security research in this area. The summit will address the current risk to global cyber security as well as outline potential future threats to information systems. The select group of world experts will share current trends in cyber security, look at security threats likely to emerge over the next five to ten years and agree on an international strategy for developing research that will safeguard the 'Internet of tomorrow'. The summit comes just weeks after the UK government announced that cyber crime was costing the UK economy £27 billion a year. The cost is made up of £21 billion of costs to businesses, £2.2 billion to government and £3.1 billion to citizens.

Danny Kennedy, Minister for Employment and Learning, opened the summit. During his welcoming address, the Minister said: "The significance and benefit of the cutting edge work being carried out by Queen's has been demonstrated with their status as the UK Integrated Knowledge Centre for Secure Information Technology, a development which will create significant opportunities in the local economy, as well as enhancing the skills base within Northern Ireland.

"It is a great honour for the University and, of course, the city of Belfast, to host the inaugural World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, and thus play a part in helping to develop an international strategy on cyber security."

He continued by saying: "With the goodwill, knowledge and expertise that the summit has now brought together, I have absolutely no doubt that the outcome from today's event will ultimately bring huge benefits to wider society."

The Minister concluded by commending Queen's for the excellence of the research being carried out within this field at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, and highlighted that it will play a pivotal role in enabling that success to be attained.

Professor John McCanny, CSIT principal investigator, said: "CSIT recognises there is a lot being done on current cyber threats, but there is not a lot of collective thinking about what is coming next. "It is hard to say exactly what the Internet will become, but we can see a world where it will be core to the very fabric of society. It will be part of our critical infrastructure; providing essential services and becoming an even bigger part of our lives – being used in assisted living; allowing computers to drive our cars, deliver our groceries and monitor and manage our health. It is therefore very important that we develop a strategy to protect ourselves against cyber technology attacks. With such a range of experts attending we expect to come up with the first ever global strategy to protect against cyber crime.

"This summit is the first of its kind and will really mark out the future of cyber technology around the world. The risks associated with the Internet extend from individuals to nations. Internet security is a major issue at a national and international level and there are a number of programs and initiatives around the world where both governments and industry are looking to solve some of the problems we face in this area. We at CSIT believe that 'Belfast 2011' will be the first of many summits over coming years, and may even be the beginning of an international movement of collaboration and co-operation to safeguard against cyber terrorists of the future."

The summit at Queen's puts the University and Belfast on the map as leading the research into global cyber security. Guests from UK Home Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, BAE Systems, Thales and IBM among others, illustrate the scale of the expertise at the summit.

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08/02/2011: Postgraduate Research Studentships for 2011/12

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a number of fully funded 3 year research studentships, commencing in October 2011.  The studentships provide fees and a maintenance grant of £13,590 for 2011/12 and are open to UK and EU citizens, subject to eligibility.

Further information on studentships and individual projects available can be viewed at  http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk/Education/PostgraduateScholarships/

Please note that NOT all available projects are funded.

Academic Requirements

The required minimum academic qualification for the above studentships is a 2:1 honours degree or a qualification considered equivalent by the University.   The qualifications must be obtained in Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline.  Candidates must have official, final results of all qualifications to be used to meet the academic requirements before the start of the studentship.

Applications

Applications should be made electronically through the Queen's online application portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/

A separate application for funding must also be completed for each project applied to.  Application for admission to study that does not also have an application for funding may not be considered for an award.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28 February 2011.

For further information please contact Yvonne McKnight (y.mcknight@qub.ac.uk)

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