Queen's University Belfast Receives Funding of 4.4m GBP to Develop Cyber-defense Technologies 

by iClass - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Northern Ireland has announced a 4.4m GBP funding to a department of Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom (U.K). The fund will be utilized by the QUB Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for evolving new technologies to counter cyber-attacks. Individuals, business organizations and governments all are affected by cyber-attacks aimed at stealing sensitive personal data, extracting privileged business information and disrupting the operations of critical infrastructural facilities.

Therefore, it is imperative for governments to invest in new technologies to tackle the growing threats in the cyberspace. People store large chunk of personal data in electronic form. Organizations are widely dependent on electronic channels for storage and retrieval of information from business related databases. Therefore, information security assumes very high significance. Security of information is crucial for undisrupted and continuous flow of business operations. The CSIT endeavors to use the funding for creating secure infrastructure to safeguard electronic information stored in home and work computers.

According to Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, trade and investments, the research work at CSIT will lead to creation of fourteen new jobs. The continuously evolving threats in the cyber space have increased the demand for IT professionals holding computer science degree and security certifications. The funds will be routed through Invest North Ireland (NI). Invest NI was created to improve economy competitiveness, enhance entrepreneurial activity and encourage business organizations to explore international market. The funding will facilitate CSIT in the introduction and promotion of new technologies for wide usage in the market. To reap the maximum benefits of the research undertaken at CSIT, the security specialists will seek licensing opportunities in the market.

Together with investment in cyber defense technologies, government must also create cyber security awareness among the public. Cyber education is important for inculcating safe online practices among the public and reducing the number of security breaches. Online tutorials, online degree and e-learning programs may help Internet users in understanding the security threats and preventive measures.

To meet the growing challenges in the IT environment, organizations must invest in human resources capable of securing computers and networks from cyber-attacks. Online university degrees may help both existing and aspiring IT professionals to acquire relevant skills, which may help in strengthening the defenses of the IT infrastructure.

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EC-Council University is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and offers Master of Security Science (MSS) degree to students from various backgrounds such as graduates, IT Professionals, and military students amongst several others. The MSS is offered as a 100% online degree program and allows EC-Council University to reach students from not only the United States, but from all around the world.

EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences.

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