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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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The increasing importance of design patterns

Design patterns, solutions to a recurrent problem within a context, have their roots in architecture and the work of Christopher Alexander. In three seminal publications, he addressed problems such as, when they have a choice, people will always gravitate to a room with light on two sides

Today, confronted with ever increasing technological complexity, design patterns are increasingly important in software engineering and interaction design, and in areas as diverse as cyber security and video games.

Design patterns are meant to accomplish three critical things:

  • Increase the speed of the design process.
  • Ensure that lessons learned are adopted.
  • Reduce overall costs by finding ways for certain capabilities to be reused.

The most important characteristic of a pattern is that it encapsulate at least one significant design principle. However, patterns are usually combined to produce comprehensive solution although, beyond the basic definition, patterns can mean different things in differing specialities. For example, cyber security experts manage patterns as mechanisms for modeling threat behaviors. Network engineers can view combinations of data centre layouts and hosting configurations as patterns. 

But the very flexibility of the design pattern is simultaneously both its greatest asset and greatest drawback. It’s an asset because it allows architects, developers and engineers the flexibility to define re-usable solutions for common design challenges. It’s a drawback because it tends to promote decentralized management — or perhaps no management at all — of design artifacts. 

In Alexander’s work, patterns were developed at all scales and levels, this is something the software and interaction design industries have not yet addressed, perhaps because, compared to architecture, these fields are still relatively novel and ever changing. 

In an effort to address some of the challenges in the applications of design patterns to Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, Oxford Brookes University is seeking papers on this subject. Find out more here.


For further information and to register please visit: http://tech.brookes.ac.uk/CyberPatterns2013 or click here to download the workshop poster.
ICT KTN/Forensics SIG member can take advantage of a special rate, starting at £40, for attendance on the first day or second day of the workshop, please contact CBlackwell@brookes.ac.uk.
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