GCU to share cyber security expertise with industry

15 December 2015

Introduction to Cyber Security was developed by GCU in conjunction with the Scottish Government.

Introduction to Cyber Security was developed by GCU in conjunction with the Scottish Government.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to share its expertise with businesses in a bid to tackle a growing need for tighter cyber security.

In February 2016, the University will launch Introduction to Cyber Security, a 10-week course for business employees that aims to explore current thinking in relation to maintaining a secure presence on the internet, ensuring businesses are better prepared to handle online security issues.

One of GCU’s strategic objectives is to innovate for social and economic impact, working with partners to deliver high-quality, flexible and accessible education for employees in leading local and global companies.

As an academic school with recognised expertise in Computer Networking, Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment has traditionally supported the public and private sector in Scotland through the provision of research and information and regularly delivers CPD training to a broad range of stakeholders and organisations.

Introduction to Cyber Security, which was developed by GCU in conjunction with the Scottish Government, is aimed at company employees with little cyber-security knowledge and will provide a mixture of theory and practical experience, delivered using a blend of classroom, home and online study.

Upon completion, participants will be awarded a certificate and 20 British Computer Society CPD points.

Dr Jackie Riley, Assistant Head of Department within GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Regardless of the type of organisation you work in, or your role, each and everyone one of us has a responsibility for digital security. The challenge of cyber security in today’s business environment has been the catalyst for GCU to develop this new course. It is designed to raise awareness and knowledge of employees, whose actions could leave a company in a vulnerable position.”