Brian Sims

University of Surrey set to host National Cyber Security Centre’s VeTSS

THE UNIVERSITY of Surrey and Imperial College London will be actively helping to promote the UK’s digital security and resilience when they jointly take over hosting the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Research Institute in Verified Trustworthy Software Systems (VeTSS).

One of four research institutes within the NCSC and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, VeTSS brings together leading academics, industry professionals, regulators and Government representatives to ensure research into software remains focused on the safety and security challenges faced by the UK and mitigates the risks posed.

The University of Surrey will work closely with Imperial College London to co-ordinate funding calls and organise events and workshops, ensuring voices are heard from different sectors (among them private sector businesses, university research centres and public sector organisations).

The monetary award from the NCSC totals £1.25 million and covers hosting the research institute for a period of three years.

Reliability and security

Commenting on the news, Dr Brijesh Dongol (senior lecturer and reader at the University of Surrey) explained: “The software systems driving the world must function together reliably and securely, despite being created by a range of organisations across the globe. While this desire demonstrates a complex challenge, correct software underpins the trustworthiness and resilience of modern computing systems and, that being so, is economically vital. VeTSS brings together the best minds in academia and business to stand at the forefront of research creating industrial-strength tools with real-world applications.”

Dr Azalea Raad (senior lecturer within the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London) responded: “Software systems underpin and permeate all aspects of modern life. It’s therefore increasingly important to develop safe, secure and trustworthy software systems. VeTSS will help to cement the UK’s leadership in verified software by providing an inclusive community that brings together the foremost verification researchers and practitioners, facilitating active engagement between academia, industry and Government stakeholders.”

In parallel with this news, in the Spring of 2023, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the National Cyber Security Centre will publish the outcomes of a £7.5 million funding opportunity for research projects aligned with the four research institutes.

*Further information on the VeTSS is available to view online

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