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.
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.
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.
Let’s look at some things it reminded us.
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?
In recent news Amazon’s Prime Air has successfully completed its first drone delivery, and we get to see the actual flight footage … no simulation!
For a number of years we have known of the intentions for companies to experiment with the use of drones for the delivery of parcels. Back in 2015 we saw a video released by Amazon which explained how the process would work, for Amazon Prime Air, noting we could eventual see the delivery of individual packages within 30 minutes of ordering. Since, Amazon has begun its trials for Prime Air’s drone delivery service. Currently trials are being run nearby to Amazon’s drone testing facility near Cambridge.
Amazon released official footage of the first ever successful drone delivery in the middle of December 2016. The video (below) demonstrates a customer who ordered an Amazon TV streaming stick and a bag of popcorn to their own garden. It is reported that the delivery, with no human pilot involved, delivered the package to the customer in 13 minutes from the click for delivery (Bezos, 2016).
The Welcome Programme 2016 at Christ Church University (CCCU) gave us a delightful opportunity to welcome our new 2016/17 undergraduate students to Computing.
Students were provided with a timetable of stimulating, introductory and fun activities/events to socialise, make friends, and discover what it means to learn at CCCU in Computing. A social gathering welcomed students to meet the team, get to know each other, and get to know their lecturers.
First week (26 – 30 September) of teaching for our new students, and a welcome back to existing students, we hope you are all settling into the swing of things. We would like to provide our new students with a few tips for keeping organised from the beginning of your studies.
So let’s get started …