Thirty five students from Year One of BSc and FD in Computing visited Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing on Monday 26th March 2018. The students were accompanied by three members of academic staff: Dr David Bennett, Dr Muna Al-Jepoori and Reza Mousoli from Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Abhaya Induruwa and Ian Kennedy of the Department of Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity participated at the Big Bang @ Discovery Park, a free education event organised by the STEM Hub of the University for students of Kent & Medway Secondary Schools. Students and teachers of Wellesley House School, Laleham Gap School, Ursuline College, and Kent College attended the workshops run by Abhaya and Ian.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.