10th May 2012
Switch2IT Director attends Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Switch2IT Director educated at Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research We're very proud to announce that Royal Holloway, University of London, has been recognised for its excellent cyber security research and been named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). This accreditation is music to our ears since this is the very college that Switch2IT's Director, Daniel Piggott, attended to complete his MSc in Information Security. According to the college's website, Royal Holloway's Information Security Group (ISG) is one of the biggest academic security groups in the world. The group conducts leading research in all areas of information security, including: the design and evaluation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols, where it contributes actively to the international standardisation process; smart cards; electronic commerce; security management; mobile telecommunications security; and the integration of security techniques into specific applications. When London University launched its MSc in Information Security in 1992 it was the first university in the world to offer this postgraduate course. Others have followed since but this college is now a world-renowned Centre of Excellence and graduates are queuing up to get this cyber security qualification. This college is one of just eight institutions to receive Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) status, all of which will receive an initial £50,000 as well as further funding. Both the Centre of Excellence status and the college's funding will go hand-in-hand to provide top graduates in the field of cyber security with access to enhanced knowledge and skills with a view to making UK businesses far less vulnerable to cyber attacks. This adds to the credibility of Switch2It's Digital Forensics and Investigation team, which offers your business peace of mind when it is needed most. Director of Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, Keith Martin, commented: "ISG is delighted that its long-standing reputation for research in cyber security has been recognised through this award to Royal Holloway. This sends a very positive signal to the outside world about the quality of our research, since we are one of a select few institutions to receive ACE-CSR status." Swich2IT's Daniel Piggott had this to say about his time studying at the celebrated college: "It's great to hear that Royal Holloway's Information Security Group has received this recognition. During my time there I studied cryptography, security technologies, security management, computer crime and forensic computing and my dissertation was on Facebook and social media forensic artefacts." "Gaining my Masters from a college with a department offering excellent research in cyber security has put Switch2IT in great stead to offer first-class business support services such as digital forensics and digital investigations following data fraud and related IT security issues." Find out more about our IT support services and expertise in digital forensics and investigations by calling our freephone number on: 0800 0833416.

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