Leading-edge technology in cybersecurity and regional defence cluster unveiled at 3CDSE

Academics from the cybersecurity group at the University of Wolverhampton presented a paper at the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) conference recently.

The group, which works in collaboration with the Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford, is based in the University’s School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

The conference brings together UK MOD Special Projects, UK Strategic Command and Defence Equipment & Support teams, Law Enforcement agencies, Emergency Services, UK and International Industry and Academia.

Dr Haider Al-Khateeb, Reader in Cybersecurity and Director for the cybersecurity group, delivered the talk which covered innovation in cybersecurity for Digital Twinning programmes in Smart Cities.

He said:

“Smarter cities in relation to the defence and security sectors was one of the 4 strategic objectives arising from the UK Government Integrated Review published in March 2021 – Global Britain in a competitive age. This strategic framework aims to address future challenges and respond to crises by developing a national capability in digital twinning alongside establishing a cross-government Situation Centre in the Cabinet Office. It is therefore important that we develop a better understanding of how we can control cybersecurity risks associated with Digital Twins including legal compliance with the UK GDPR which requires data protection by design and default.”

The Three Counties Regional Defence and Security Cluster (3CRDSC), a new regional collaborative scheme to solve defence and cybersecurity challenges, was also launched at the event.

Professor Amar Aggoun, Head of School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematical Sciences, said:

“We continue to invest in cybersecurity as a key pillar within our Digital Innovation & Solution Centre (DISC) and we see that the new regional cluster signals new opportunities to support collaborations between government, private sector including SMEs and academia in the region which is fundamental to amplify innovation.”

The new Midlands Centre for Cyber Security was officially opened recently.  Anyone interested in professional development courses or businesses looking for incubation space can find out more about the Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security on the website. 

Anyone looking to study at the University of Wolverhampton should register for one of the forthcoming Open Days.