New research will help tackle threat to UK’s information systems

26 Nov 2009

The ever-increasing threat to the UK's information systems is to be tackled through new research and development initiatives funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

Four major projects, which will cost nearly £7.5 million, will seek innovative solutions for information infrastructure protection tools, technologies and methodologies in both the public and private sector. 

The Technology Strategy Board, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), will contribute £4.5 million towards the projects, which should each take between 1 and 3 years to complete.

In addition to the large-scale projects, the Technology Strategy Board is to invest a further £740,000 in 11 smaller "fast track" projects, all led by a micro, small or medium-sized company.  These projects, which will cost a total of £1.36 million, will usually be completed in less than a year.

Commenting on the development work that will take place, Andrew Tyrer, who manages the Technology Strategy Board's work on Network Security, said: "The tools, techniques and services developed through these projects will contribute to tackling the growing threat to our information systems.  This development work will target the increasing complexity and dependency challenges that the UK government and British businesses face, whilst providing British companies with the opportunity to develop capabilities that could have worldwide potential."

The focus of the work will be on the development of technologies that will offer significant improvements in the understanding, monitoring and management of complex interdependent information infrastructures, within and between organisations, leading to enhanced security in all sectors of the UK economy.  In addition, the work should result in the development of improved business resilience and risk assessment services within the UK, better able to predict and manage risks in next generation information systems. Ends

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Nick Sheppard, Media Relations Consultant
Technology Strategy Board
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