UK launches IoT national centre to tackle cyber risks

12 April 2019

IoT is the future

IoT is the future

The UK has launched a National Centre of Excellence to provide a step-change in research associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). The move is part of the government’s wider initiative to become a world leader in tackling cyber threats.

The initiative, announced in January, supports research into the design and development of hardware so that they will be more secure and resilient from the outset. The aim is to “design out” many forms of cyber threats by “designing in” security and protection.

The PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity will provide national capability enabling the UK to become a world-leader in IoT and associated systems security. Its research focus will be on the opportunities and threats that arise when Edge computing is deployed more widely in the economy and society: when Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies move from being centralised systems to being run at the periphery of the internet and local IoT networks.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) programme, this second phase of PETRAS will strengthen an already established and successful platform which, since 2016, has coordinated and convened 11 universities and 110 industrial and government User Partners in cross-disciplinary collaboration. PETRAS will manage a series of open academic funding calls throughout its lifetime, the first of which will be announced in summer 2019.