Government to open £3.8m cyber security research hub

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A new 3.8 million research institute has been set up to help UK businesses gain an insight into the science of cyber threats.

The institute is part of a joint initiative between British intelligence agency GCHQ, the Research Councils' Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK), and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

These organisations will also be working with several universities, including University College London, Royal Holloway, Imperial College and Newcastle University, to investigate the science behind cyber security threats.

The virtual institute is due to open at the start of next month, and is expected operate for around three and a half years.

Francis Maude, minister for cyber security, said the initiative is proof of the Government's commitment to tackling cyber crime.

"Through the National Cyber Security Programme we are putting serious investment into the best UK expertise to lead thought in the science of cyber," said Maude.

"The UK's first academic Research Institute will strengthen capability in a strategically important area, keeping the UK at the forefront of international research in the field."

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, added: "This new Research Institute will draw on the leading expertise in our universities... help businesses, government and individuals to better protect themselves from cyber threats."