Christmas Cyber Lectures come to GCU

13 December 2016

The school pupils will learn about online safety.

The school pupils will learn about online safety.

More than 1000 secondary school pupils will visit Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Friday, December 16, to learn about cyber security and online safety.

The visit forms part of a series of Christmas lectures on the subject, which have been taking place in universities across Scotland since 2012.

Aimed at school pupils from classes in S4 and above, as well as college students, the purpose of the lectures is to inspire a new generation into careers in the digital sector and cyber security.

The free interactive lectures, given by industry experts, are intended to bring the subject area to life in educational but fun sessions.

They also compliment the three themes that the new National Progression Award in Cyber Security are based on: digital forensics, ethical hacking and data security.

Speakers include representatives from Danish electronic security organisation Zero-Alpha, cyber security membership organisation (ISC) ², and Police Scotland.

Dr Jackie Riley, Assistant Head of the Cyber Security Department at GCU, said: “We are very pleased to be hosting the Cyber Security Christmas Lectures for the first time at GCU and thrilled to find out it will be a full house for both of the sessions we are putting on.

“Reaching out to school pupils and inspiring them into STEM subjects via cyber security is essential if the country is to stand any chance of having sufficient numbers of skilled people to defend and protect our systems and infrastructure in the future.”

The lecture series is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), Young Scot, (ISC) ², information security conference BSides and Skills Development Scotland.