Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

News: Two conference papers from KirCCS recently got Honourable Mention awards: an ICSWM 2020 paper enetiled "Behind the Mask: A Computational Study of Anonymous" Presence on Twitter" led by our first year PhD student based on his MSc dissertation work and co-authored by his co-supervisors Dr Jason Nurse and Prof Shujun Li (news story), and a CUI 2020 paper entitled "Is your chatbot GDPR compliant? Open issues in agent design" co-authored by Dr Rahime Belen Sağlam and Dr Jason Nurse (news story). Congratulate them on the new achievements!

News: New grant application successes - KirCCS members Dr Mark Batty and Dr Stephen Kell's project "CapC: Capability C semantics, tools and reasoning" is among 9 new projects to be funded via UKRI's Digital Security by Design programme (£10m overall funding), which is part of the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Another KirCCS member Prof Julio Hernandez-Castro will also be part of another successful ISCF project "Assurance for quantum random number generators" (£2.8m overall funding), funded by the Innovate UK. Congratulate them on the new achievements!

News: At DFRWS EU 2020, KirCCS and SoCyETAL academic Dr Virginia Franqueira won the Best Paper Award for her work "Towards Sound Forensic Arguments: Structured Argumentation Applied to Digital Forensics Practice"! Congratulate her on such a great achievement!

News: At NDSS 2019, KirCCS researcher Dr Orçun Çetin won a Distinguished Paper Award for his work "Cleaning Up the Internet of Evil Things: Real-World Evidence on ISP and Consumer Efforts to Remove Mirai", and Dr Jason Nurse won a Distinguished Poster Presentation Award for prior work for his work "Cybercrime Investigators are Users Too! Understanding the Socio-Technical Challenges Faced by Law Enforcement"! Congratulate them on such great achievements!

A 2-min video about our Kent Cyber Security Form (KCSF) 2019 event nicely shows what we do at KirCCS:

The Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent harnesses expertise across the University to address current and potential cyber security challenges. It represents the University of Kent as a UK government recognised ACE-CSR (Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research), one of only 19 such centres in the whole UK. The current recognition will last until June 2022.

Its strategic objective is to promote wide-ranging multidisciplinary research, and to teach and develop skills in cyber security to its students and the wider community, through degree programmes, workshops, visits, lectures and training.

Included in its remit is to work with external organisations to promote cyber security.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please check the Contact Us page for people where you can find key contacts of the Centre.

We have an external-facing mailing list to inform non-Kent people and organisations who are interested in hearing about news, events and other public announcements from the Centre. If you are interested in subscribing to it, send an email to with a brief introduction to yourself (and your employer if that is relevant).

If you are a University of Kent UG or MSc student or an alumni who is interested in being informed about funding opportunities (e.g., PhD studentships and internships), events (e.g., local research seminars and talks given by external speakers) and other related activities in cyber security at Kent, please send an email to with a brief introduction to yourself (full name, school, year of study, degree programme studying or studied, and your employer if you are a part-time student or an alumnus/alumna).

If you are a University of Kent researcher or PhD student who are not currently in our internal mailing lists but are interested in being interested in being informed about more activities of the Centre, please contact us so that we can add you to the relevant internal-facing mailing list(s).


Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Expert cyber security advice For Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2020 (19 – 23 October), Dr Jason Nurse, Associate Professor in Cyber Security at the School of Computing, provides expert advice on how charity and not-for-profit professionals can stay safe online. 'Cyber crime impacts everyone from small charities to large corporates. Fraud in particular is a leading concern as criminals look to exploit our humanity, including how we think, behave and act. '...

20 October 2020

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New project launched looking into risks to home working post covid-19 Dr Jason Nurse is collaborating with colleagues from Cardiff University, Royal Holloway University of London, Cranfield University and industrial partners, Cybsafe and Cybersmart, on a new project related to remote working post-Covid-19. The project is funded by the EPSRC via the Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust Engagement NetworkPlus (SPRITE+ HUB) and will research the risks and challenges surrounding Trust, Identity,...

16 September 2020

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Promotion to Senior Lecturer for Jason Nurse Dr Jason Nurse has earned a well-deserved promotion to Senior Lecturer. Since joining the School of Computing in July 2018, Jason has become heavily involved in the University and School, and in the advancement of cyber security research and teaching locally and internationally.   This has included becoming Director of Public Engagement of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), Theme lead for the Sciences for th...

9 September 2020

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Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 07/08/2020