Infosys, Irish uni collaborate on cybersecurity research

Indian outsourcing giant is the latest member of Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies, and will collaborate on research looking at combating malware, among others.
Written by Mahesh Sharma, Correspondent on

Infosys today becomes the first Indian IT outsourcer to partner one of the United Kingdom's largest university cybersecurity research lab, the Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT).
In a statement released Tueday, the company announced its admission as a full member of CSIT, located in the Northen Ireland. The three-year agreement will see both parties establish a CSIT-Infosys Cyber Lab, which will come up with research methods to combat malware, secure mobile and cloud infrastructure, and address the privacy concerns of customers in the financial industry.
"As part of the CSIT advisory and governing board, Infosys will play a key role in developing the Centre's research roadmap and gain access to its research and technologies for commercial usage," it said.

Infosys will also help train PhD candidates, interns and faculty members in areas such as data privacy, cloud computing and intelligent surveillance systems. Such training will be facilitated via joint research projects and scholarships, it added. They will also seek funding from agencies in India and Europe for relevant projects, the company said.

Established in 2009, the 80-strong CSIT is based in the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's University Belfast. It is one of U.K.'s six Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) and the largest university-based center.

Other notable CSIT member include IBM, Cisco Systems and Intel, the Web site stated.

The partnership between Infosys and CSIT represents the strengthening of ties between India and U.K., particularly in the area of cybersecurity.
In February, the British Prime Minister David Cameron visited India and inked a deal with his Asian counterpart to establish a joint task force to combat online crimes. The U.K. hoped the move will help it safeguard the personal banking and mobile phone data of millions of its citizens. It was noted that much of such information is currently stored on Indian servers.
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