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Queen's University Belfast Partners with Infosys to Combat Cyber Security Threats



  Queen's University Belfast Partners with Infosys to Combat Cyber Security
                                   Threats

  PR Newswire

  BANGALORE, India and BELFAST, Ireland, April 16, 2013

BANGALORE, India and BELFAST, Ireland, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

A major new strategic partnership aimed at combating the global cyber security
threat has been signed between Queen's University Belfast and Infosys , a
global leader in consulting and technology.

     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 )

The collaboration brings together Infosys with Queen's University Belfast's
Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), one of the UK's largest and
most prestigious university cyber security research labs, and Invest Northern
Ireland , the Northern Ireland government's regional business development
agency.

The partnership will establish a research, education and commercialization
model, to develop solutions and intellectual property for combatting cyber
security threats arising out of the rise of digital and Cloud-based business
models. Infosys and CSIT will work jointly on a range of topics including
combatting malware, security of mobile and cloud infrastructures, and privacy
issues for financial markets.

The three-year agreement will lead to the establishment of a CSIT-Infosys
Cyber Lab that will become part of a global network of companies and
institutions developing security technologies. 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.

Infosys and CSIT will also promote joint research projects and sponsor PhD
scholarships, internships, faculty sabbatical and exchange programs. They will
impart training and education on advanced concepts in data privacy, cloud,
contemporary web application and wireless security as well as intelligent
surveillance systems. Together, the partners will also jointly seek funding
from agencies in India and Europe for relevant projects.

Welcoming the agreement, Senior Vice President, Infosys Labs and Products R&D,
Subu Goparaju , said: "The rise of cloud and mobility solutions has only
increased the need for greater cyber security. This is a top concern we hear
from executives around the globe. Our partnership with Queen's University will
provide Infosys insights into cyber-crimes and access to the important work
being done at CSIT. We believe the outcome of this partnership will not only
result in stronger products for our clients, but in a safer digital world."

Signing the strategic partnership Vice-Chancellor of Queen ' s University  
Belfast , Professor  Sir Peter Gregson , said: "Queen's both welcomes and
values its partnership agreement with Infosys, one of India's leading
technology companies. Cyber security affects us all. Be it via smartphones and
their apps, online banking or through developments in cloud based services, we
are all at risk of cyber security attacks.

"Queen's agreement sees Infosys join with over 20 other industrial partners,
including many global players who have committed to supporting CSIT in its
quest to solve some of the real world security challenges of the future. It is
intended that through this partnership society will be the real winner."

Today's announcement comes after Prime Minister David Cameron's recent visit
to India when he signed the UK-India cooperation deal that will see the
creation of a joint task force to exchange and share information to identify
and counter cyber security threats.

Commenting on the Queen's Infosys partnership, Minister for Universities and
Science  David Willetts , said: "The UK is recognised as a world-leader in
combating cybercrime and has real competitive and technology advantages in
this field. The work at Queen's University's CSIT, which I have seen at first
hand, is a tangible example of our expertise in this area and I welcome its
latest partnership with Infosys. It will be good for Infosys, good for Queen's
University and good for the interests of all our households and businesses in
both our countries."

Enterprise Minister  Arlene Foster commented: "I am delighted to see that the
initial introductions made by Invest Northern Ireland's team based in India,
linking Queen's to Infosys' Global Internship Programme and Infosys Labs, have
developed and grown into a viable and important business partnership.

"This partnership between Queen's and Infosys is an excellent example of
collaborative working. By pairing knowledge and research contained within our
world class universities with business we can work together to provide
practical solutions to commercial challenges. Such partnerships are of real
importance to growing our economy. I look forward with interest to how this
partnership between Queen's, Infosys and Invest NI develops.

"This is also an excellent example of the global opportunities that exist for
Northern Ireland. If we are to grow our economy we must look beyond our own
shores. This partnership between Queen's in Belfast and Infosys in India just
goes to show that there really are no limits to how far we should look for
opportunities."

Additional Resources

  * Infosys Labs here
  * University partnerships by Infosys Labs   here
  * Publications by Infosys Labs   here

Notes to Editors

About CSIT

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) was established in 2009
with over £30M funding and is based in the Institute of Electronics,
Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen's University
Belfast. CSIT is an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), one of only six
prestigious centres in the UK. With over 80 people working in the Centre, it
is the UK's largest university cyber security research lab and is acknowledged
as an "Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research" by the UK
Government, in partnership with the Research Councils' Global Uncertainties
Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
CSIT has world leading capability and research excellence in security for
Cyber, Cloud Computing, Smart Grid and Cyber Physical Systems.

CSIT operates a successful Open Innovation Model of engagement with partner
companies who commit to inform CSIT research roadmaps and access CSIT
technology to evaluate for exploitation. Member Companies include BAE Systems,
Thales, Q1 Labs, IBM, Altera, Cisco and McAfee/Intel. These companies, along
with key government stakeholders and numerous hi-tech small and medium sized
enterprises, have access to direct, and absorb, over £30M worth of applied
research in their specific market application.

About Infosys

Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth.
That's why Forbes ranked Infosys #19 among the top 100 most innovative
companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting, technology and
outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize
their goals.

Visit http://www.infosys.com and see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with its
156,000+ people, is Building Tomorrow's Enterprise® today.

Invest Northern Ireland

Invest Northern Ireland works with individuals, companies and organizations in
manufacturing and tradable services which show the ambition and commitment to
grow by being more innovative, more entrepreneurial and more internationally
focused.

Invest NI's resources are focused on assisting our clients to improve
competitiveness, increase innovation, promote a stronger international focus
and create more positive attitudes to enterprise.

Invest NI's full range of support and services are delivered through local
offices in Belfast, Coleraine, Ballymena, Craigavon, Londonderry, Newry,
Enniskillen and Omagh, and an international office network.

Safe Harbor

Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are
forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such
forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these
statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding
fluctuations in earnings, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, our ability
to manage growth, intense competition in IT services including those factors
which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to
attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on
fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on
immigration, industry segment concentration, our ability to manage our
international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus
areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks or system failures, our
ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions,
liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies
in which Infosys has made strategic investments, withdrawal or expiration of
governmental fiscal incentives, political instability and regional conflicts,
legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India,
and unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic
conditions affecting our industry. Additional risks that could affect our
future operating results are more fully described in our United States
Securities and Exchange Commission filings including our Annual Report on Form
20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 and on Form 6-K for the quarter
ended June 30, 2012, September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012. These filings
are available at http://www.sec.gov . Infosys may, from time to time, make
additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements
contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
and our reports to shareholders. The company does not undertake to update any
forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf
of the company unless it is required by law.

Contact: EMEA: Paul de Lara, Infosys, United Kingdom, Phone: +44(0)2075162748,
Paul_delara@infosys.com. Asia Pacific: Abhijith Karthikeya D, Infosys, India,
Phone: +91-80-4156-3373, Abhijith_damodar@infosys.com. Australia: Cristin
Balog, Infosys, Australia, Phone: +61-3-9860-2277, Cristin_Balog@infosys.com.
Americas: Danielle D'Angelo, Infosys, United States, Phone: +1-510-859-5783,
Danielle_DAngelo@infosys.com. For Queen's University: Kevin Mulhern, Head of
Communications and External Affairs, Phone: +44(0)28-9097-3259,
k.mulhern@qub.ac.uk
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