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Abertay hacking students address major international conference

24 April 2013

Ethical Hacking students at the University of Abertay Dundee have been selected to speak to a major international conference in London today (Wednesday 24 April).

Security B-Sides London is a meeting of global experts in computer security and fighting malicious hacking.

Talks include topics including the flaws in anti-virus software that allow malicious hackers to avoid detection, exploiting the vulnerabilities in Android mobile phones, and effective penetration testing.

Abertay student Rorie Hood is speaking as part of the main conference, with students Gordon Gray, Gavin Holt and Ryan Ward taking part in the ‘rookie’ sessions.

Tutor Colin McLean, who led the introduction of the UK-first Ethical Hacking degrees at Abertay University, said: “I’m delighted that Abertay students are speaking at such a major computer security conference, sharing their knowledge with leading international experts.

“Abertay introduced Ethical Hacking as a degree subject, and achievements like this – and our very high rate of graduates being recruited into security jobs – shows how effective our practical-focused education is.

“We’re now in the fantastic position of having major banking, security and defence companies approaching us, looking for graduates to fill highly-specialised roles. It’s very rewarding to know that our teaching is helping make such a difference.”

Abertay now offers a range of computer security degrees, including both Ethical Hacking and Digital Forensics as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as postgraduate Intelligence and Security Informatics for students from varied backgrounds, including computing, psychology and criminology.


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