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The University of Southampton
Centre for Risk Research

Success in securing important cyber-security education award

Published: 2 March 2016
Cyber security education

Dr. Tiejun Ma, from the Centre for Risk Research, together with a team from the University’s Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber-Security and IBM (supported by the University’s Chief Information Officer, Professor Simon Cox), have been successful in securing £107,000 through the Higher Education Academy's Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security Scheme, “Enhancing Campus Cyber Security through Constructivist Student Learning”.

The project will investigate, from both a learning and practical perspective, how universities can benefit from collaboration between external industrial cyber security experts and their own multidisciplinary staff and students. One perspective will analyse how industrial cyber security best practices can be translated into more open campus environments where, for example, users commonly use their own preferred devices and services to produce learning materials and improved institutional practices. Another perspective will explore how the student learning experience and a university’s security posture can be enhanced through activities including supervised penetration tests of university systems and establishing an appropriate responsible disclosure policy.


The project team includes Dr. Federica Paci and Professor Vladimiro Sassone, from Electronics and Computer Science, Demelza Farrer from IBM and Giles Howard from the Cyber Security Society.

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