Queen’s Belfast creates cyber security lab for local community


An aim of the facility is to work with global companies, start-ups and SMEs to form a strong response to cyber security attacks.

The CSIT Test lab includes a high-speed network interconnected via a multi-gigabit optical fibre to the public Internet. 

Professor Sakir Sezer

The facility’s experimental test network includes a virtual environment that is used for cyber-defence training and cyber technology development.

Professor Sakir Sezer, head of connected systems security at CSIT, writes:

“With cyber-attacks and emerging threats becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, applied research and innovation in cybersecurity depends on data-sets and well equipped state-of-the-art experimental labs and shared research infrastructures.

“The CSIT Test Lab is one of the first UK-wide research infrastructures providing an experimental playground for both academia and industry to collaborate, innovate and share equipment, tools, experiments and data-sets.”

It is anticipated that the new lab will allow researchers at CSIT, and their partners, to undertake advanced malware monitoring and reverse engineering. The researchers will also be able to explore the most prevalent cyber-attack methods, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), by generating synthetic attack replay and monitoring features.

Judith Millar, business development manager at CSIT, writes: 

“This new extension of the CSIT research infrastructure provides the essential technologies and tools to deliver critical services and training for the local Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster.

“SMEs and start-ups will be able to access the latest cyber security technologies, infrastructure and synthetic test-data for testing and product validation through this impressive research facility.”



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