A Cybercrime and Security Conference – 12 January 2018
Over one hundred cyberforensics and security professionals working in law enforcement, academia and industry attended the conference entitled “Making the UK and Europe a Safer Place to Live and Work On-line” organised by the Cyberforensics & Security Innovation Hub of the University and co-sponsored by the Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group of the British Computer Society. In his opening remarks the Chair of the organising committee Dr Abhaya Induruwa said that the conference theme was very appropriate in today’s context when the lives of almost 7 billion people on earth are touched by the Internet, and cybercrime and security incidents are rapidly increasing. He said that for a number of years the Canterbury Christ Church University has played a major role in Cybercrime forensics education, training and research and expressed hope that delegates will find the conference presentations by industry experts, including some speakers from Norway and Finland, immensely useful. He then invited Prof Robin Bryant, School Director for Research & Knowledge Exchange to say a few words of welcome.
Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity students and staff were delighted to welcome the return of Dr Simon Moores (www.drmoores.com) as a guest speaker on Tuesday 28th November 2017.
Simon is a security and technology futurist, a disruptive technologist, a security/risk consultant, social media expert, international conference keynote speaker and chair of the annual international eCrime Congress. Simon appears regularly on national/international television/radio as an analyst and technology expert while also making frequent contributions to leading national/international newspapers, magazines and journals.
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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Dr Abhaya Induruwa delivers the keynote address at the Cybersecurity Industry Forum in Sri Lanka
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.