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Scotland’s largest cyber-security conference held at Abertay

27 February 2015

Scotland’s largest cyber-security conference, which is entirely organised by Ethical Hacking students, will be held at Abertay University this Friday (27 February).

Experts will look at the latest security threats, including the problems of wearable technology and smart watches, techniques to hide malware from anti-virus programmes, and weaknesses in online point of sale systems.

Sponsors of the event include industry leading security firms NCC Group and Tenable Network Security, as well as the national security and intelligence organisation GCHQ.

The fourth annual Securi-Tay conference will bring together 300 delegates from education, industry and law enforcement. It is unique in the UK as the only student-led conference of its type, run by the Abertay Ethical Hacking Society.

A GCHQ spokesperson said: “GCHQ is supporting Securi-Tay as part of its academic engagement programme, developed from the National Cyber Security Strategy. We see talented graduates and successful university programmes as an essential part of helping secure the UK's cyber defences.”

Dom Cashley, President of Abertay Ethical Hacking Society, said: “Over the last few years Securi-Tay has established itself as a key fixture on the information security calendar, attracting companies interesting in speaking and recruiting the best graduates.

“I’m particularly pleased to have the support of major security organisations like GCHQ, NCC Group, Portcullis and Tenable Network Security, showing the extremely high quality of the education right here at Abertay.”

Colin McLean, Programme Tutor and creator of the UK’s first Ethical Hacking degree at Abertay, added: “There is high demand for our highly skilled Ethical Hacking graduates, resulting in many securing job offers from major companies well before they complete their studies.

“Information security is a critical part of running a successful business and in safeguarding the UK against cyber terrorists and malicious hackers. It has never been more important to train people in these skills, and the students organising Securi-Tay have once again done a great job attracting internationally renowned speakers and sponsors.”

The day will also feature a number of security challenges, including a hacking challenge from Pentest, a head-to-head programming challenge from GCHQ and MWR's B33rfridge, which requires skills such as lock picking to open.

For more information on the individual speakers, please visit the Securi-Tay website.

Securi-Tay is supported by gold sponsors NCC Group and Tenable Network Security, after party sponsor Portcullis, and silver sponsors BlackBerry, GCHQ, MWR InfoSecurity and Pentest Limited.


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