The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is the UK’s Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security. This research institute, based at Queen’s University Belfast, combines research excellence with translation and innovation driven by collaboration with industry, other areas of academia and public sector stakeholders.
CSIT plays a key role in Northern Ireland’s cyber security ecosystem through the development of challenge-led research and innovation programmes, focused skills development, generation of and collaboration with start-ups, and attracting foreign direct investment. CSIT’s key role in the ecosystem has helped to create approximately 2750 jobs in the sector with the ambition to grow this towards 5000, including via a major collaborative programme with eight companies to apply cyber security to AI.
The CSIT commercial and engineering team has helped to deliver more than 100 rapid response projects with a range of small and medium enterprises, and start-up businesses. In addition, CSIT has delivered a range of industrial collaborations with global partners including Allstate, BAE Systems, Cisco, Citi, Direct Line Group, First Derivatives, IBM, Infosys, Liberty, Intel, McAfee, Roke, Rolls Royce, Seagate and Thales.
Working directly with industry enables rapid translation of world-leading cyber security research into new products and services that are helping protect consumers and securing complex systems in financial services, defence and other sectors crucial to UK economic resilience
10 YEARS OF IMPACT AT CSIT
This short video gives a quick overview of CSIT's highlights over the past 10 years since it's inception.
We have exciting plans for the future under the theme of ‘Secure Connected Intelligence’. Investments in infrastructure are already coming on stream as part of the Belfast City Region deal. We are looking to the East and West, North and South, to build a coalition of partners across the academic, industrial, government and investment communities to build on the core investment to date and cement CSIT’s position as a strategic national asset.