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 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.
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 …