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How CSIT’s engineering team is supporting LORCA cohort member Surevine //20.03.19


Britain’s universities and academic research is recognised as being among the best in the world. At the same time, we’re producing startups and scaleups whose cybersecurity solutions are more human-centric, data-driven and designed to fresh challenges created by emerging technology. To strengthen our cyber sector and boost its international reputation, it’s crucial that the two find ways to work together. So we’re excited to reveal that LORCA has facilitated exactly that.

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast has provided extensive engineering support to LORCA cohort member Surevine, which builds secure and scalable collaboration solutions.

Through LORCA, Surevine and CSIT have been working together to develop an adapter between Threatvine (Surevine’s next-generation cybersecurity information sharing platform) and a platform called MISP (an open-source threat intelligence platform). The adapter allows cybersecurity information to the transferred between the two platforms in a readable form. It also enables information added to Threatvine to be automatically searched for on MISP.

Commenting on the collaboration, Stuart Murdoch, founder and CEO of Surevine, said a connection to MISP is particularly useful because the platform:

  • is often the first option for teams to get up to speed quickly with threat intelligence because it’s free and open source
  • receives support from the EU, which has encouraged its adoption by members states
  • is extensively used by Deloitte (which is also a LORCA delivery partner).

The Surevine-CSIT collaboration is a fantastic example of how our world-class academic expertise can be plugged into a scaling company at just the right time and in just the right place to enhance its current solution. Congrats to the teams!