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In 2016 the HEA hosted the first National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security. The conference was established to prompt scholarship and innovation, and identify and share best practice for learning and teaching cyber security in higher education. The conference is supported by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of the Government strategy to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace.
The inaugural event was very well-received, with attendees from a range of institutions and disciplines as well as businesses and government agencies. We have therefore expanded this to a two-day event, with the first day devoted to student presentations, posters and competitions. Day two will provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas through research and practice papers, posters, workshops and demonstrations.
The conference programme and abstracts can be accessed from the following hyperlinks:
The conference will include two competitions:
Competition 1: In this competition a group of three students from any level of studies will be given a task to develop a small cybersecurity software solution. The total time for this task is 7 hours. The software produced will be assessed by an expert panel. This competition will be chaired by Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University.
Competition 2: This is a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. In this competition a group of up to five students from any level of studies can participate. The challenges will be technical in nature. However, no prior experience with CTFs is required. The event will aim to introduce students (and staff) to the joy of computer security CTFs. On the day, an introduction to CTFs and some training on relevant security skills will be provided to attendees. This competition will be organised by Cyber Security Challenge UK and chaired by Leeds Beckett University and University of Birmingham.
The detailed assessment criteria, guidelines, and software and hardware requirements for both competitions will be shared after the team registration. Awards will be given to the winners.
Any students undertaking projects in the field of cyber security are welcome to submit their work as a poster or a presentation (for practical demonstrations).
The conference will focus on learning and teaching in cyber security and digital forensics which includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
Demonstration topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
Cyber security touches many disciplines outside of the computer sciences, including law, business studies and psychology, so we will be particularly interested to see multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches.
Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper to Springer Transactions on Edutainment [http://www.springer.com/series/8277].
The inaugural event was very well-received, with attendees from a range of institutions and disciplines as well as businesses and government agencies. We have therefore expanded this to a two-day event, with the first day devoted to student presentations, posters and competition. Day two will provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas through research and practice papers, posters, workshops and demonstrations.
The programme chair is Dr Kifyat Kashif, (Reader in Cyber Security at Liverpool John Moores University) supported by Dr Kay Hack (Academic Lead for STEM)
Gain an insight into the cyber security skills required by industry;
Identify strategies for enhancing learning and teaching in cyber security;
Discuss challenges and opportunities in cyber security with colleagues.
Some of the benefits identifed by previous attendees include: the opportunity to network with experts from other universities, government and industry; identify innovative solutions to improve teaching and learning in cyber security; hear about current issues and activity in cyber security and to present their own research.
Day oneLiverpool John Moores University
"This conference provided an opportunity to feel part of a community, I plan to build and maintain the links forged with colleagues from other institiutions and implement some of the ideas and technologies I observed"
Delegate feedback from the 2016 event
5th April: Building the Cyber Security Workforce – for now and for the future.
Nigel Harrison, Director Business Engagement, Cyber Security Challenge UK Nigel Harrison co-founded Cyber Security Challenge UK in 2010 whilst on secondment to the Cabinet Office and is now the Challenge's Director of Business Engagement. This not-for-profit initiative, supported by Government and the private sector, promotes careers in cyber security and finds talented individuals to join the profession through online and face-to-face competitions. Previously, Nigel was Director of the Royal Signals Institution. His Cabinet Office role came at the end of a 36-year Army career in which he delivered communications systems, information services, electronic warfare capabilities and cyber security expertise in thirty countries. He was awarded the MBE in 1991.
6th April: Cyber security - The government agenda to address the skills gap.
Chloe Kenny is a Policy Adviser in the Cyber Security Skills Team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This team has responsibility for ensuring that the UK has a sustainable supply of home grown cyber skilled professionals to meet the growing demands of an increasingly digital economy.