The British government has announced plans to launch a £3.8 million research institute focused on cyber security.

"The Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security (RISCC) will bring together social scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists from seven UK universities to tackle some of the toughest cyber security challenges, its backers claimed," writes's Gareth Morgan. "'The UK's first academic Research Institute will strengthen capability in a strategically important area, keeping the UK at the forefront of international research in the field,' said Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister. The Institute has been established by GCHQ, in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council."

"The academics will ... collaborate with industry stakeholders in the public and private sectors, in order to ensure that the research is relevant and up to date," The Information Daily reports. "The Institute is the fruit of a government-wide initiative dedicated towards securing the UK against cyber attacks, and increasing the country’s foothold as an academic leader on cyber security."

"According to GCHQ, the objectives of the institute will include combating cyber-crime, making the UK more resilient against cyberattack and 'better able to protect our interests in cyberspace,' and to 'help to shape an open, vibrant and stable cyberspace which the UK public can use safely and that supports open societies,'" writes ZDNet's David Meyer.

"The universities involved in the Institute include University College London -- which will host it -- University of Aberdeen, Imperial College, Queen Mary College, Royal Holloway, Newcastle University, and Northumbria University," writes Computerworld's Antony Savvas. "The University College London's professor Angela Sasse will be director of research. The Institute will be open for business on October 1, and is funded for three and a half years."