International Cyber Academy Launch on 6 May 2015


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Edinburgh Napier University is hosting the launch of a new International Cyber Academy on 6 May 2015. It will be officially launched by Cyber Security leaders from a range of organisations, including from the NCA and Dell Secureworks.

The Cyber Academy is based on a foundation of existing EU funding (

The Cyber Academy’s Aims

The aims of the Academy are to:

  • Integrate Teaching, Professional Practice and Research into an advanced academic infrastructure.
  • Provide international leadership in Cyber Security, especially related to education and professional development.
  • Support the development of flexible training programmes.with academic credits.
  • Support innovation in Cyber Security from the initial ideas, through funded PhD programs, and onto the end-product.
  • Provide a platform for the debate and articulation of key issues in Cyber Security.
  • Provide access to members to an advanced and virtualized training infrastructure for Cyber Security, for both evaluation and training.
  • Provide integrated academic support for a range of roles from Apprentice Cyber Security professionals to Advanced Research-focused levels.
  • Provide a mechanism for increased interaction between organisations and students.
  •  Integrate with the requirements of law enforcement, industry and the public sector.

How will it work?

The key modes of operation are:

  1. Collaborative and inclusive model. The Cyber Academy is a partnership between academia, law enforcement, industry and the public sector, and aims to collaborate with a wide range of organisations on delivering on the key aims for the benefit of its partners.
  2. Membership. It is free to join the Academy at Associate-level, and which will allow organisations to be part of the infrastructure with support for a strong working relationship. Other levels of membership, such as around research and innovation sponsorship, are available and can be discussed with the team.
  3. Dissemination. The Cyber Academy will support a wide range of Conferences, Symposiums and Workshops, each focusing on key topics related to Cyber Security, with a special focus on Innovation, Professional Development and Education.
  4. Professional Development. The Cyber Academy integrates with a wide range of professional bodies, and aims to fully integrate academic structures with professional practice and training.

Current international integration

The Cyber Academy integrates formally with a range of international initiatives, with a special focus on Cyber Security education. This includes integration into the EU-funded DFET project, which is building a virtualised infrastructure for Cyber Security training, and with the EU 2Center Network of Excellence, along with strong links into GCHQ and the NCA.

Contact details: Prof Bill Buchanan.


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Philip Penrose
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Gordon Russell
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Sally Smith
Dean of School
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William Buchanan
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Marian Dunbar
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Owen Lo
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