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Atkins and Cranfield University have announced a collaboration to create a new cyber research area that will help to protect manufacturing businesses and critical national infrastructure organisations from the danger of cyber attack.

A new professorial chair in Cyber-Secure Engineering Systems and Processes at the university will be funded by Atkins. Leading a new research area within the Manufacturing Informatics Centre, the role will focus on developing an understanding of, and responses to, digitally-based threats. The centre will address the challenges associated with cyber threats to increasingly connected and complex engineering systems and processes, by creating innovative engineering solutions which protect both systems and knowledge, in multiple manufacturing sectors.

Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield, said: “Modern complex engineering systems can sometimes be less secure than traditional ones, and cyber threats are a major and growing challenge.

“We aim to develop the next generation of manufacturing engineers and managers who are able to protect manufacturing systems and machines from cyber threats. Cyber-secure ‘Internet of Things’ technology development will have a major impact on implementing Industry 4.0, which uses the internet to connect ‘Smart Factories’ with their supply chains, across a number of sectors.”

“The introduction of this new chair and our new MSc in Cyber-Secure Manufacturing will provide an opportunity to serve our industry needs in the UK and to influence the design of next generation engineering systems.”

Russell Cameron, Technology Director at Atkins, said: “We are excited by this opportunity to partner with Cranfield to bring their leading academic cyber research and resources together with our own design, engineering and cyber capabilities and experience. I have no doubt that this partnership will help our critical national infrastructure and manufacturing clients meet the increasingly complex challenges they face in improving their cyber resilience.” 

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For more information:

Dan Gray
PR manager, Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology

daniel.gray@atkinsglobal.com
+44 1454 663149

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About Atkins cyber resilience expertise

Atkins delivers cyber resilience expertise to the critical national infrastructure, government, national security and defence sectors. We are the largest supplier of client-side advisory in the UK security and intelligence sector and accredited to the Cyber Suppliers to UK Government scheme.

We view cyber resilience as the ability of an organisation to understand the cyber threats it’s facing, to inform the known risks, to put in place proportionate protection, and to recover quickly from attack. Depending upon the client, robust cyber resilience ultimately provides cost-effective business or service continuity, sustained revenue, or the uninterrupted delivery of military effects. It also contributes toward the ongoing protection of the UK.

By combining a deep understanding of the digital ecosystem that surrounds and supports our nation’s critical infrastructure with our experience of working in secure and mission-critical environments, we can offer unrivalled insight into an organisation’s digital vulnerabilities.

You can download a free copy of our Cyber Resilient Infrastructure Report here.

www.atkinsglobal.com/cyber 

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

About Manufacturing at Cranfield

We provide world-class and niche research, education, training and consultancy in manufacturing and play a key role in ensuring that the UK remains at the cutting edge of manufacturing research.

We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, technology and management insight. We are a driving force for both the rapid growth of established areas of manufacturing expertise and the development of new research areas.

Research partnerships are undertaken with more than 500 organisations of all sizes and disciplines and industry advisory panels ensure our graduates move seamlessly from the academic world into the world of work and provide skills the sector needs. Our world-class facilities include the Ultra Precision Machining Laboratory, which houses a range of ultra-precision diamond turning machines and is the UK's national facility for large x-ray optics manufacture. Our Manufacturing Informatics Centre leads research on digitization of manufacturing and will host the academic posts. With the digitisation, protecting of the manufacturing process and systems against the cyber threat has become a major research and education focus at Cranfield University.

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Media Relations, Cranfield University. T: +44 (0) 1234 75 4999

Email: mediarelations@cranfield.ac.uk