The UK government has announced £1m of funding for a partnership with Oxford University to research new ways to bolster the country's cyber defences.
Foreign minister William Hague announced plans to invest the funding over the next two years to help create and fund a new Global Centre for Cyber Security and Capacity Building at the Martin School college at the university.
"The new centre will co-ordinate global work on cyber threats and cyber policies which will help protect the UK's security," said Hague.
"We are dedicating £500,000 per year to this centre to be a beacon of expertise and put the UK at the forefront of cyber policy development."
Hague said the centre's creation will help further boost the UK government's ongoing efforts to increase cross collaboration between industry, academia and law enforcement when fighting cyber threats.
"Its research will help define global priorities for capacity building and it will work with a wide range of partners including other governments, international organisations, and the private sector, to ensure increased and more effective efforts against the wide range of cyber issues and threats," said Hague.
Increasing information sharing about cyber attacks between the public private sector is a central tenet of the UK government's ongoing Cyber Strategy.
The UK Cyber Strategy was started in 2011 when the government pledged to invest £650m to help improve the country's cyber defences.
The strategy has seen the government announce a raft of strategies including the creation of new best practice guidelines for businesses and a Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP).
The centre is similarly designed to create new ways to protect internet users and companies' information, in the face of the increasing threat from cyber criminals and terrorists.
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