A warm welcome to our new Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Students

We would like to welcome our 2017 intake of Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity students at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and welcome back our second and third year students. Our welcome programme provided our new students with the opportunity to get to know the staff, other students across all years and find out more about the university and their chosen subject. Last, but not least, it gives us the chance to get to know our new students.

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Research Study in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security: A Call for Participation

Are you a Digital Forensics or Cyber Security Professional? A survey looking at education and training within the disciplines is being conducted and is looking to capture your professional views: https://goo.gl/GeaoJP

Not a Digital Forensics or Cyber Security Professional? No worries, you can still participate by taking the public survey which looks to capture your views on Digital Forensics and Cyber Security: https://goo.gl/Gh31Gr

Thank you for your time.

Sri Lanka National Capacity Building Initiative in Cybercrime Forensics, Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence

Dr Abhaya Induruwa delivers the keynote address at the Cybersecurity Industry Forum in Sri Lanka

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Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of the Centre for Cybercrime & Security Innovation (CCSI) recently delivered the keynote address at the Cyber Security Industry Forum organised by Sri Lanka Telecom in collaboration with the Sri Lanka CERT|CC (Computer Emergency Readiness Team| Coordination Centre).  The theme of Abhaya’s address was the importance of National Capacity Building Initiative in Cybercrime Forensics, Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence in Sri Lanka. The event held at Hotel Hilton Residencies, Colombo, Sri Lanka was attended by more than 150 CIOs, CISOs, CEOs and other security industry personnel.

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Abhaya Induruwa honoured by Sri Lanka Telecom with a Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of the Centre for Cybercrime & Security innovation and Principal Lecturer in Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, was recently honoured by Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, the largest telecom services provider in Sri Lanka, with a lifetime achievement award.   At the SLT Zero One Awards for Digital Excellence held in Colombo on 22 June Dr Induruwa received this lifetime achievement award “in recognition of the yeomen contribution he has made to the computer education sector and data communication industry over the years by pioneering ICT education and by playing a pivotal role in the deployment of the Internet in Sri Lanka”. 

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Our Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity End of Term Event

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To end this years Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity social events, we held our end of term party at The Lounge CCSU where students were able to enjoy pizza, cake and drinks. Students and staff were able to listen to music and a few games of pool were played.

Following the success of a number of events this academic year, we hope to continue with similar social events in our next academic year.

We look forward to seeing our students at the next event and wish you all a great summer! For our most recent third years … we wish you good luck and congratulations with your results, graduation and success in your future careers.

What the WannaCry ransomware reminded us

This recent ransomware attack, which also hit parts of the NHS, has highlighted a number of problems the IT security industry already knew about.  WannaCry spread incredibly quickly and was only deactivated by accident, something we can be incredibly grateful for.

Let’s look at some things it reminded us.

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Having Confidence

Confidence is something you have to develop, not just in yourself but also in the tools you use.  When electricity was new there was a lack of confidence in it (let alone whether we should use AC or DC!), but decades later we rarely think about it.  Similarly, most of us will get on a bus or in a car and do not panic that the vehicle will explode.

So, how and why is confidence important in IT?

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Attending and Presenting at the 2017 National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security

In April 2017 a number of Canterbury Christ Church University final year students and staff members attended, and presented, at the National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security at Liverpool John Moores University. The two day Conference had a positive edge starting with the first day having been centric toward student presentations and competitions. It was great to see that a number of final year students from Universities in the United Kingdom working on some fantastic projects in a vast range of areas, such as web applications, malware, mobile phone apps and cybercrime. Many conferences lack this element to provide students the opportunity to step into the limelight, so it was fantastic to see feedback and questions posed for the students. Encouraging work and a fantastic experience for the final year students, as I am sure they would agree. It was also positive to see the vibe the student competitions provided at the event. 

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First Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Film Event

IMG_1266.JPGComputing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity held our first film screening last Wednesday.  Zero Days was a great way to start, and the film, pizza and drinks were enjoyed by all in attendance.  We have got another event coming up on Wednesday 15th March 2017 starting at 15:00.  Students can vote for what they want the next film to be (see Blackboard!) and current front runners include The Social Network and Citizenfour.  I’m voting for Citizenfour (I’ve seen The Social Network).  I’m hoping no-one (ever!) votes for Skyfall which portrays Q as the worst cybersecurity expert ever when he plugs in a compromised machine to the MI6 network.  Don’t even get me started on how realistic Swordfish is and always remember they only made one Matrix film!

We look forward to seeing our students at the next event!

IoT BLE Security Vulnerability

Results of a study undertaken by an SRA supported by School RKE funds.

“Things” as referred to in The Internet of “Things”, are everyday objects that have been adapted to be hosts for low energy sensors. These sensors provide the data thus enabling  these “Things” (Devices) to communicate with a network of some kind, in order to either share data or be managed, using a range of Bluetooth and Wireless technologies.

Low energy sensors can be embedded into many devices such as light switches, door locks, power sockets and actuators, which in turn are used to control or monitor more complex things such as central heating systems and home security systems.

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