The University of Surrey has excellent academics whose mission is to lead pioneering research and innovation to create new thinking around, and to provide practical solutions for, some of the world’s main technological and societal challenges. It works in partnership with international academia, industry, policy makers and commerce. Innovative and dynamic, and with around 15,000 students, SURREY is the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016. It also ranks fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2016 and eighth in the Complete University Guide 2016. In the 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings, it is awarded five stars, the highest rating achievable, and is placed within the top one per cent of global higher education institutions. Involved in EC projects for more than 25 years, including over 190 funded from the FP7 and ongoing Horizon 2020 programmes, SURREY has extensive experience of acting as both coordinator and beneficiary. It excels at multidisciplinary and cross border research and benefits from excellent professional and administrative support.
The Surrey Centre of Cyber Security (SCCS) is a university wide research center established at SURREY in July 2014 and is one of 13 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) recognised by UK Government. It is composed of 12 core members and 25 associates from 7 different academic departments of SURREY including Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Law, and Economics. SCCS has three research themes “Privacy and Data Protection”, “Secure Communications”, and “Human-Centred Security”. These themes especially the first one and the third cover key technologies needed in the proposed work in the project. SCCS core members have been very successful in attracting research funding on cybersecurity from European Commission, UK research councils and other national funding sources such as the EPSRC, Innovate UK, GCHQ and UK Home Office, with a total amount of funding over £6m.