The opportunity to work in the industry being considering for a career was phenomenal. Not only would this be beneficial when applying for future jobs, but also putting knowledge learnt throughout the time at university into practice.
Finding the right placement is crucial, but of course, starting something new is nerve wracking; nevertheless, it was well worth it. When else would being able to work, benefit towards completing a degree, and benefit job prospects.
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.
For most university students the summer means a relaxation from studying, exams and assessments. Many students spend their time on holidays, while others spend their summers in employment. For me it was slightly different.
I was on a trip away at the time when I was told of an internship within Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). I was instantly intrigued. Having read the job description, I soon realised it would be a programming role. I knew I wanted to apply … so, that very afternoon I completed a job application for an internship in the development of an application to help first responders when carrying out first aid. The design of the app itself was to be based around if the Primary and Secondary surveys in first aid had already been accomplished by responders.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.