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The National Digital Exploitation Centre

The National Digital Exploitation Centre(NDEC) opened in Ebbw Vale in 2019, and is the result of a collaboration between Welsh Government, global technology company Thales, and USW. It is the first research and development facility of its kind in Wales and provides local, regional and national businesses with a base to test and develop digital concepts; in particular their cyber security, in our increasing connected ‘Internet of Things’ world. USW’s strategic partnership with Thales provides a framework for collaborative activities, including the Advanced Cyber Institute, which provides a base for academic research. USW leads the Digital Education Centre, which supports the development of individuals’ cyber skills through a programme of educational outreach to schools across the region, and upskilling and retraining courses to people mid-career and to businesses through CPD courses.

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Researchers maintain a range of responsibilities alongside their USW roles, including:

  • Digital Evidence in the Criminal Justice System (Ministry of Justice) 
  • Digital Forensics Experts Group (Forensic Science Regulator's Group)
  • Welsh Government Cyber Resilience Group
  • BCS South Wales Chair
  • Tarian Cyber Volunteers

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The University's Civic Mission is very important to us and as such we engage in a wide variety of outreach and other initiatives which are designed to raise awareness of cyber security and improve digital skills, as well as to inspire and enthuse children and adults to find out more about careers in cyber security. This ties in with the National Cyber Security's mission to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online, and means we are playing our part in developing a cyber security talent pipeline. Highlights include: