Manchester Uni announces cyber attacks initiative


The University of Manchester has announced a research collaboration with e-commerce company THG, focussing on enhancing cyber security.

According to the university, the £5.8 million project - known as Soteria -, will start in January 2021, and run for three years and three months. It is being funded by Innovate UK’s Digital Security by Design initiative which aims to prevent hackers from remotely taking control of digital systems.

The research team will be led by professor Mikel Luján, director of the Arm Centre of Excellence at The University of Manchester. It will contribute on managed runtimes, software verification, smart network technologies, and business optimisation.

Speaking of the project, professor Luján said: “The University of Manchester has a world-leading track record collaborating with Arm. Soteria is a very exciting opportunity to contribute to the Morello platform developed by Arm, with our expertise in runtime systems, software verification and computer engineering.

“This collaboration provides a unique opportunity to transform the security foundations of the digital infrastructure of e-commerce, as well as to improve the security of UK companies.”

The Soteria project will also partner with Oxford University.

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