David Willetts, the UK's Minister for Universities and Science, recently announced the creation of two new Centers for Doctoral Training (CDTs) at the University of Oxford and at Royal Holloway, University of London (h/t Softpedia).

The centers, which will be focus on training the next generation of researchers and leaders in cyber security, are being funded with £2.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and £5 million from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The University of Oxford CDT will be focused on emerging technology themes such as cyber-physical security and the security of Big Data, while the Royal Holloway CDT will focus on problems faced by businesses and government, such as provably secure cryptographic systems and protocols, and the security of telecommunications networks and critical infrastructure.


"Businesses are facing more cyber attacks than ever before, putting their confidential information and intellectual property at risk," Willetts said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to tackle this threat and make them less vulnerable. These new Centers will produce a new generation of cyber security specialists, able to use their skills and research expertise to improve cyber security and drive growth."