Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)


Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

News: Call for participation in Kent Cyber Security Forum (KCSF) 2019 on 5th September 2019 and other events over summer on our Canterbury campus!

News: Call for applications for a number of PhD Studentships in Cyber Security

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!

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 17 such centres in the whole UK. The current recognition starts from August 2018 and 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 oppotunities (e.g., PhD studentships and internships) and other related activities in cyber security, 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 an alumnus and 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).


Kent researchers involved in project to make chatbots more trustworthy Dr Jason Nurse from the School of Computing is involved in a new project led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) designed to make chatbots more trustworthy. From banking and insurance to shopping these human-like computer programmes are becoming increasingly common. But many people are not keen on disclosing sensitive information, hindering their effectiveness. As a result researchers at Kent, alongside UEA, Oxford Brook...

29 May 2019

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Widespread media coverage for Dr Budi Arief on WhatsApp flaw Dr Arief, from the School of Computing, has been cited in over 250 publications including The Daily Mail, The Scotsman and This is Money since providing a comment about a major security flaw discovered in the popular messaging service WhatsApp. His comment on the issue was as follows: 'It demonstrates the importance of keeping your software update. I'm not particularly surprised by this development, this happ...

17 May 2019

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Expert Comment: Banning Huawei from UK 5G network build would never work Professor of Cyber Security Shujun Li from the School of Computing says the government’s decision to approve the use of Huawei equipment in the construction of new 5G networks is to be welcomed. 'As a cyber-security researcher, I welcome the UK government's decision on Huawei's involvement in building future 5G networks in the UK. I urge the governmental officials, politicians and the general public to ...

24 April 2019

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RT @jasonnurse: Lots of interesting talks about the psychology of cybercrime, profiling cybercriminals & cyber risk at our Summer School on…

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RT @jasonnurse: Our Summer School on The Human Aspects of Cyber-crime and Online Fraud is in full swing! And yes, that is a photo of atten…

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RT @DrDavidLRoberts: Up next @MariaBadaCC on Profiling the Cybercriminal! The talk I've been most looking forward to! Interested to see how…

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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: 19/06/2019