The Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) Cyber Security Project is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Innovate UK and is delivered through SETsquared. The project seeks to examine cyber threats to organisations and builds upon previous research from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport.*

The research explores risk prevention strategies that will promote business continuity and minimise the cost burden of cyber-attacks by building a defence against insider cyber threats, (either intentional or unintentional threats) and other security risks. Cyber security is compared to the human immune system in this research, highlighting that organisations and the human body are normally highly effective at protecting and preventing infection but are not infallible. This principle, from the Corporate Immunity Solutions (CIS) project, identifies that in order to protect the organisation from cyber-attacks, Corporate Immunity must be built using a range of extensive tools to act as defence system against cyber and other risks.

If you would like further information about this research project, please contact the Project Lead, Louise Atkinson by emailing louise.atkinson@northampton.ac.uk or phone 01604 892215.

*Research by the Department of Media, Culture and Sport illustrated that 58% of employees lacked an understanding of insider cyber threats, and only 29% of organisations had formal policies addressing cyber security risks (published in the DCMS Cyber Breaches Survey 2016).