GCU to host cyber security camp this summer

12 May 2016

The camp runs from July 26-29.

The camp runs from July 26-29.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will continue its drive to address a skills shortage in the cyber security sector this summer by hosting a programme aimed directly at school leavers.

The four-day CyberFirst Futures programme will invite 16 and 17-year-olds onto GCU’s Glasgow campus in July and teach them techniques in cyber security, including how to protect their home computer from attack.

The pilot scheme, the first of its kind in Scotland, is fully funded by GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence agency, and is part of a series of initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to get into cyber security careers.

GCU will provide facilities between July 26-29 and input into the sessions, while undergraduate students will assist as mentors.

Dr Jackie Riley, Assistant Head of Department within GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Organised crime gangs are investing time, effort and resources into capitalising from cyber crime. If we do not start to feed the pipe line of talent, we will forever be vulnerable to cyber attacks. This is an excellent opportunity for school pupils to become aware of cyber issues and see the potential for a career in cyber security.”

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.

In February this year, the University launched 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.