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GCHQ recognition for cyber security work at two Scottish universities



Edinburgh Napier University is among the first in the UK to be recognised for its commitment to cyber security education under a new initiative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ.

Alongside Dundee’s Abertay University, it is one of eight institutions today named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) for delivering cyber security education on campus and promoting cyber skills in the community.

Edinburgh Napier already has NCSC-certified undergraduate and postgraduate programmes – BEng Cybersecurity and Forensics, and MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics.

Bill Buchanan, a professor in Napier’s School of Computing, said: “The work of the NCSC is key to the development of excellence in cyber security education and knowledge exchange.

“They will support a core collaborative foundation around cyber security education and knowledge exchange within each of their geographical areas – this includes working with industry, the public sector, government agencies, colleges, and so on.”

The ACE-CSE programme, led by the NCSC and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also recognised Lancaster, Southampton, South Wales, Surrey, Warwick and the West of England universities in this first round of applications.

UK digital infrastructure minister Matt Warman said: “The UK has some of the brightest minds in the world working in tech and it’s right we celebrate universities where so many people develop relevant and cutting-edge skills.

“We continue to work closely with academia to nurture the next generation of cyber security talent and I urge interested education institutions to apply for this recognition.”

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