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Hacking experts to speak at e-Crime Scotland Summit

27 May 2013

Experts on cyber-security from the University of Abertay Dundee will speak tomorrow (Tuesday 28 May) at the major e-Crime Scotland Summit.

Delegates will hear from digital forensics expert Dr Ferguson and ethical hacking expert Colin McLean, who founded the first Ethical Hacking degree in the UK at Abertay University.

Other speakers at the prestigious event hosted by Royal Bank of Scotland include Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; Chief Information Security Officer of RBS, Emma Smith, and Robert Hayes from Microsoft’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Speaking ahead of the event, Colin McLean said: “Hacking is a major threat to companies large and small, as well as governments all around the world.

“Our highly connected age presents massive opportunities for the free flow of information and the global growth of businesses, but with those opportunities comes a serious threat – of leaving your company’s commercial secrets or your national infrastructure open to attack.

“At Abertay University we teach our students ethical hacking, where they come to understand the methods and processes malicious hackers use to attack and compromise computer systems

“Only through understanding how cyber-criminals operate can we be truly effective at stopping them, and we’re looking forward to telling the speakers at the e-Crime Scotland Summit about the steps they can take to protect themselves.”

The event is being held at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters outside Edinburgh.

Abertay University offers a range of computer security courses:

BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics
BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

MSc Digital Forensics
MSc Ethical Hacking & Computer Security
MSc Intelligence and Security Informatics


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