Cyber-security employers assess next generation talent at Abertay

For immediate release: Wednesday 12 September

Computer security experts from across the UK are converging on Abertay University this week to meet students who could be leading the fight against hacking and cybercrime in the future.

Undergraduates who have just started the final year of Abertay’s BSc Honours degree in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures are being given an unprecedented chance to meet companies who could be employing them by this time next year.

Among the businesses represented during the week-long programme of events are NCR, Cigital, Sensepost, Mandalorian and Fileaway – a roll-call of expertise and knowledge that lecturers hope will inspire students to achieve all they can during their final year.

Colin McLean, lecturer in ethical hacking, commented:  “The aim of the week is ‘employability’ and as well as giving the companies a chance to advertise themselves to the students, it will also enable them to assess the quality of the skills that we teach on the course.

“We have arranged a mix of contact sessions covering how to get into the security testing industry, professional certification, applying for and being interviewed for jobs in the industry, among other topics.  There are also a couple of social events planned during the week,” he added.

Abertay launched the UK’s first degree in Ethical Hacking in 2006 to a storm of media attention. The course teaches students the skills and techniques used by criminal hackers to crack government and private sector security systems causing billions of pounds worth of damage and loss every year.

Students study operating systems, computer networking, TCP/IP architecture, client and server systems, network management, encryption, ethical hacking, penetration testing, forensic computing, mobile technology, ethics and law.

Armed with this knowledge, graduates from the course are able to advise organisations on how to counter such attacks and protect their networks.


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