Hundreds of school pupils from across Tayside and Fife will be warned of the impact careless social media posts can have on their future careers during the 2017 Cyber Security Christmas Lecture at Abertay University this week.
Teenagers from across the regions will attend the interactive event on Wednesday, which has the backing of Police Scotland, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, SQA, Young Scot, Scottish Enterprise, and Education Scotland.
The lecture is part of an annual tour running at venues across the country, designed to inspire young people to consider a career in cyber security and also make them aware of online risks.
Covering six cities in six days, more than 2,700 school pupils across Scotland will learn from industry experts including Abertay’s Dr Lynsay Shepherd and Dr Gavin Hales.
This year, the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance is sponsoring the event’s Cyber Fortunes Gameshow, while Fanduel is sponsoring a Cyber Competition across all venues.
Schools attending the Abertay event include Montrose Academy, Perth Grammar School, St John's RC Academy, St John's RC High School, Strathallan School, Webster's High School, Braeview Academy, High School of Dundee, Kinross High School, Arbroath Academy, Arbroath High School, Beath High School, Blairgowrie High School, Glenalmond College, Harris Academy, Mearns Academy, Mearns Academy, Morrison's Academy, St Paul's RC Academy, Webster's High School.
Head of the Division of Cyber Security at Abertay, Dr Natalie Coull said: “This annual lecture series is a fantastic way to engage young people in this rapidly-growing industry and a lot of ground will be covered, from the dangers of careless social media posts to the motivations behind major cyber attacks.
“There’s never been a better time for school pupils to learn about the industry and I hope they go away with some insight into what can be a fast-paced and rewarding career.”
Government statistics recently revealed that almost half of UK firms were hit by a cyber breach or attack in the past 12-months.
Dr Martin Beaton, Cyber Security Cluster co-ordinator for Scotland, said: “The threat of cyber security has been heightened recently due to a series of high-profile attacks like WannaCry, which have not only shocked the world but have actually encouraged businesses to sit up, listen and take cyber security seriously.
“The cyber security sector is suffering from a chronic shortage of skilled professionals, which is where our lectures come in. They are fun, engaging and genuinely intend to inspire young people to consider a career in the cyber security industry.”
Abertay takes an offensive approach to cyber security and offers courses in Ethical Hacking where students are trained to think like cyber criminals.
For more information on studying at Abertay visit https://www.abertay.ac.uk/discover/academic-schools/arts-media-computer-games/