DMU to help protect country against cyber security attacks as a member of RITICS

Cyber security academics from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have been invited to join a prestigious research institute dedicated to protecting the UK’s critical infrastructure.

The Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) is now part of a world-leading community involved in cutting-edge research to prevent cyber-attacks on critical services, including the networked computers controlling transport, energy, water and telecommunications.


The CTI was invited to join the Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-connected Cyber-physical Systems (RITICS) because of its specialised expertise in the field.


The CTI has already been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) cyber security and forensics by Airbus and has carried out extensive research in Industrial Control System Security.


Helge Janicke, Head of DMU’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, said he was thrilled that DMU’s research expertise in this field had been recognised.


He said: “We are really pleased to join the RITICS community and support research in this field.


“Researchers in the Cyber Technology Institute will have much to contribute and we look forward to working with other RITICS partners.”


As a member of RITICS, DMU will have a real opportunity to shape and influence research discussions in this field.


The University will be able to answer calls for specialist research and will host RITICS events and workshops in Leicester, bringing together academics, representatives from the public and private sectors and from government. 


RITICS was founded in 2014 by the UK Government and is coordinated by the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial College, London. It is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


The 13 selected academic institutions work together to create a more interconnected world and become a focal point for multidisciplinary working to meet the greatest challenges faced in the UK.


Professor Chris Hankin, Director of RITICS and Co-Director of the ISST, said: “RITICS was founded in 2014 with five UK universities and an early focus on improving cyber security of Industrial Control Systems.


“The programme has now expanded its focus to cyber security of all critical systems, and welcomes new members such as De Montfort University. We’re very excited to work with the Cyber Technology Institute at De Montfort.”


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