Talent in Twente makes the world a bit safer. This happens on multiple fronts, such as safety awareness, the use of drones in disasters, innovation in the fire brigade or (of course) internet security and the fight against hackers. Twente works thoroughly on these kinds of issues.
The digital world has become an integral part of our lives. Digitisation is more than a 'handy extra', we need it to continue growing. Digitisation affects many important aspects of our lives such as healthcare and safety, as well as solutions for the climate.
Twente excels in three specific themes when it comes to internet security: the safety of networks, the security of data and the related social and economic aspects.
Aiko Pras, Professor of Internet Security at the University of Twente says: “Twente’s work in the field of cyber security is unique. Unlike many other researchers, we do not limit ourselves to designing more secure systems, also known as security by design. It is an illusion to think, in our globalised world, that if we start building more secure systems, others will too. It is therefore essential to collect large amounts of data from reality, analyse security problems and arrive at new insights. We can only improve existing systems and design new systems in this way. This data-driven approach sets us apart from others.”
Twente Safety Campus
The Twente Safety Campus was created in 2008 as a result of an enthusiastic collaboration for, among other things, a fire training location at the former Twente Airport. This campus is now a meeting place for innovation and development in the field of safety. It is a place where fire brigades, police, emergency services such as the GHOR, education and the business community can work together with many partners.
The Twente Safety Campus is known internationally. Teams from various European countries are trained for large-scale disasters. Leading, innovative concepts are developed in close cooperation with the University of Twente, Saxion and the business community. Primary school pupils and vulnerable elderly people are taught how to act in unsafe situations, for example.
The University of Twente and the business community launched a new expertise centre for cyber security: Twente University Centre for Cybersecurity Research (TUCCR). Professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers and students research cybersecurity together in this private-public centre.
It is more important than ever to connect science and the business community within the field of cyber security. TUCCR creates this connection. We all know examples of municipalities, universities and companies that have been hacked. These are problems that cannot be solved by just one discipline. Developments are taking place at lightning speed. Science, the business community and authorities can only find the best solutions and insights together.