Britain now has 17 academic centres of excellence in cyber security research, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), after three more institutions were added to its list.
The University of Kent at Canterbury, King's College London and Cardiff University have all been lauded for their "first rate" research into cyber security, according not just to the NCSC, but also the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The newly-recognised universities will now join the elite with 14 others, which include the University of Bristol, Imperial College London and Oxford University, in a scheme that forms part of the government's National Cyber Security Strategy.
That strategy is intended to improve teaching and understanding of cyber security, and to make the UK a world leader in cyber security.
They will also be given the opportunity to bid for funding to develop research in cybersecurity, including at doctoral level, as well as attend annual conferences and workshops.
Our ambition is to have one of the largest and most productive cyber security research centres in the UK by 2022
"These universities are doing fantastic research in cybersecurity and they are rightly being recognised for their pioneering work," said Minister for Digital Margot James.
She continued: "We have some of the best minds in the world working in the field and thanks to this scheme they can now help shape our National Cyber Security Strategy and develop the talent and services of tomorrow."
Shujun Li, professor of Cyber Security and director of the Kent Inter-disciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) at the University of Kent, added: "We are excited to be given the ACE-CSR status as an acknowledgement of the excellent research in cybersecurity at the University of Kent.
"Our research is truly inter-disciplinary, drawing on the expertise of colleagues from computer science and engineering, as well as wider disciplines such as psychology, law, business and sociology.
"Our ambition is to have one of the largest and most productive cyber security research centres in the UK by 2022 as well as helping to grow the next-generation cyber security researchers.
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