A UNIVERSITY is to lead research to defend the UK against cyber attack.

Newcastle University has been named by the Government as a UK Centre For Excellence in cyber security research.

It is one of 14 centres around the country singled out to lead groundbreaking research to help the UK stay one step ahead of the growing threat of cyber attacks as part of a new strategy.

Professor Thomas Gross, Newcastle University’s Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security, said: “At Newcastle, our focus is primarily on how humans interact with security systems.

“Such as how we choose our passwords, how we protect ourselves online, ways of making digital infrastructure more secure and developing new systems such as electronic voting.”