During his recent visit to Saegis Campus, Sri Lanka to deliver staff training and induction programmes Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of Cyber Innovation Hub, gave a talk to their staff and students on “How to stay safe and legal on the Internet”. In his presentation Dr Induruwa spoke about how criminals carefully and patiently select their prey before launching attacks, and gave examples of recent spam, phishing and spear phishing attack attempts. He then went onto discuss the emerging threats, especially due to the large scale proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT), now running into tens of billions of ‘things’. Using recent hacks on Internet connected devices such as baby monitors, CCTV cameras, personal fitness monitors, heating and cooling systems as case studies, he explained how hackers can affect normal life and harm people. In particular he warned about the dangers brought about by lack of security in Internet connected soft cuddly toys and how unsuspecting parents and their children can be brought to harm.
Dr Abhaya Induruwa, Director of the Cyber Innovation Hub, was invited to talk at the 11th International Research Conference held at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Ratmalana, Sri Lanka on 14th September 2018. Dr Induruwa delivered the plenary speech entitled “Computer Science and Smart Currencies for the Modern World” in the session on Smart Solutions for Global Challenges.
The Cyberforensics and Security Innovation Group at Canterbury Christ Church University have been busy organising the International Conference on ‘Making the UK and Europe a Safer Place to Live and Work Online’.
This conference is particularly aimed at those engaged in law enforcement, working in the cybersecurity and digital forensics indusrty, and in academia.
Speakers confirmed to deliver presentations at the conference are:
- Prof Alastair Irons, Chair, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG: Cybercrime and Security Scenario – An Overview
- Jussi Aittola, National Bureau of Investigation, Finland: Virtual Currencies – Risk, Possibilities and Legal Challenges
- Ian Howard, Cyber Threat Hunter, 7Safe: How to deal with Ransomware and Blended Threats
- Yves Vandermeer, Chair, Europol-ECTEG: Capacity Building – A European Initiative
- Floren Cabrera F. de Teresa, CEO, Bitbond Ltd: Security Framework for IoT
- Mike Bursell, Chief Security Architect, Red Hat: Open and secure: present and furture
- Jonathan Haddock, Network Security Engineer, Local Government: Network Security and Incident Management
Computing, 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!
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.
The Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity team would like to wish a Happy New Year to our students and a welcome back to term after a festive season break.
Whether you are in your first or third year of study, the beginning of a New Year is an excellent opportunity to think about things you would do differently.
Once more, another cluster of students will be fleeing into the job market, searching for jobs in the field of Computing and Digital Forensics. Skills they have acquired and knowledge they have gained, will once again, fall under question… here come the interviews. Shivering in their boots, thoughts raised over what questions will be asked, are they worthy enough for such job descriptions and do they know everything and enough to pull through? Continue reading
Dr Paul Stephens, Director of Computing, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity and Georgina Humphries, University Instructor in Computing spent last week in Ireland presenting a course with colleagues from University College Dublin and Norwegian Police University College to Law Enforcement Officers from across the European Union. The course sought to teach investigators how to retrieve digital evidence and gather intelligence using the Python programming language. Funding for the initiative was received from the European Commission and was held under the auspices of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) whose activity is coordinated by Europol.
By Mike Hewitt
Recently the School of Law Criminal Justice and Computing funded me to take part in this year’s International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology hosted by the University of Warsaw and to present a paper about predicting the density of dark energy – a mysterious property of space which is making the expansion of the universe accelerate. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet researchers from around the world and hear first-hand about the latest developments in our understanding of the structure and evolution of the universe.
On Wednesday 14th October 2015, students studying on the HNC in Computing & Systems Development programme based at East Kent College Broadstairs enjoyed a day at the CCCU Canterbury Campus at the invitation of the academic Computing team. The day began with a warm welcome and an introduction to Computing degrees at CCCU by Senior Lecturer, Mr Reza Mousoli, which provided the students with possible progression routes for their continued studies once they had completed their HNC programme.