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Brighton joins a European fight against cyber attacks

The University of Brighton has joined Europe-wide research aimed at combatting an estimated billion-pound threat to businesses and governments.

The University’s Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems (CSIUS), is one of 16 partners involved in a European Commission-funded effort to improve the detection and analysis of cyber attacks and threats.

The project runs until 2022 and the Centre’s role is to develop a modelling language and methods for cyber incident handling.

The ‘Cyber Security Incident Handling, Warning and Response System for the European Critical Infrastructures (CyberSANE)’ project is funded under the EC’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

CyberSANE aims to improve the detection and analysis of cyber-attacks and threats to Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) or data, database, network, communications infrastructures.

It also aims to increase the knowledge on the current cyber threat landscape and it will help operators such as Incident response professionals to dynamically increase preparedness – it will improve cooperation amongst CIIs operators who can adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents.

Picture of Haris Mouratidis with arms foldedProfessor Haris Mouratidis, Director of CSIUS and the University’s Principal Investigator on CyberSANE said: “CIIs offer a high degree of flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in the communication and coordination of advanced services and processes.

“The increased usage of information technology in modern CIIs means that they are becoming more vulnerable to the activities of hackers and other perpetrators of cyber-related crime.

“CyberSANE brings together a strong team across Europe to deliver a novel platform that addresses both technical and cognitive challenges related to identification, prevention and protection against attacks.

“The CSIUS team brings to the consortium significant expertise and experience in security and privacy enabling technologies. We will utilise that expertise to lead the development of a novel modelling language and methods for cyber incident handling, which will enable security officers to reason about conflicts and trade-offs between cyber incident handling requirements and security, privacy, and forensic requirements.”

For more on Professor Mouratidis, go to: and for more information on CSIUS, go to:

We offer two undergraduate courses – Computer Science with Cyber Security BSc(Hons) and Business Computing with Cyber Security BSc(Hons) – to help the next generation learn how to protect ourselves further against cybercrime.


Laura Ruby • November 4, 2019

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