Belfast Telegraph

Queen's University cyber security unit given top award

By Rebecca Black

The cyber security unit at Queen's University is to receive a special honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace today.

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Titanic Quarter, combine academic research with working alongside commercial companies.

As well as delivering degrees, CSIT has delivered 1,200 jobs, employs 90 staff and is one of Europe's largest university cyber security research centres

Today its chief, Professor John McCanny, along with QUB chancellor Tom Moran and vice-chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston will visit the Palace to be honoured for the centre's work in protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world.

CSIT will receive a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. 

It is major recognition for the centre, which has developed breakthrough innovations, including novel technology to be integrated into apps to improve security for online financial transactions; anti-counterfeit technology to prevent internet fraud, and new processors to deliver filtered internet to homes and businesses, stripping out viruses, malware and malicious content.

Professor Johnston described the Queen's Anniversary Prize as one of the most prestigious honours that can be awarded in higher education.

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