Technical SEO company SALT is to partner with Leeds Beckett University on a research project to help create a cyber security certification for websites, networks and infrastructures.
The project will investigate current website security certificates with a view to developing a best-in-class auditing tool which will be able to assess the security credibility of some of the largest and most complex websites in the world. The tool will then advise on updates and improvements, as required by its findings.
Reza Moaiandin, SALT co-founder and director of technical, said: “This is an exciting project for both SALT.agency and Leeds Beckett University in what will help us push global security standards forward and in return, significantly improve websites, networks and infrastructure on a global basis. Through this, we will potentially be able to save companies and organisations from large-scale attacks at the hands of hackers.”
Leeds Beckett University’s Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre has a portfolio of research projects and leads £1.5million in recent research funding. These projects include policing cybercrime, digital forensics, computer security education and knowledge transfer partnerships.
Dr Schreuders, Director of the Cybercrime and Security Innovation Centre at Leeds Beckett said: “This collaboration will analyse existing approaches to security audit and will design a new approach that leverages state of the art technology to provide a comprehensive automation framework for security auditing. We look forward to this new partnership, and working on knowledge exchange”.
Last year it was estimated by the Government that two thirds of large UK businesses were hit with a cyber breach or attack — costing £34 billion in damages.