17 February 2017

GCHQ expert attends Walter McNicol lecture

GCHQ expert attends Walter McNicol lecture

Abertay University hosted a cybersecurity expert from GCHQ at the fourth annual Walter McNicol Defence Lecture.

The annual lecture is staged by each of the universities within Tayforth Military Education Committee (MEC) - Abertay, Dundee, Stirling and St Andrews.

This year it was titled Cyber – A Complex World and topics covered included encryption and cyber and legal parameters.

Leaders from both military and civilian roles provided an insight into their experiences in defence and an expert from GCHQ talked about cybersecurity.

Attendees included academics and students from the four universities, members of Tayforth Universities Officers Training Corps, East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron (ESUAS) and representatives from the local police and security industry.

Abertay Military Education Committee (MEC) Convener Eddie Simpson said, 'The GCHQ expert's lecture was interesting, informative and exciting, providing the audience of nearly 300 with an insight into the complexity of the intelligence services in their role of defence.

'The oversight of numerous career options, including STEM subjects, led to an incredible 23 follow-up enquiries after the lecture.'

Walter McNicol was a former convener of the MEC and he commenced an annual defence lecture for the Tayforth area Units in the early 1980s.

In 2013 the annual defence lecture was named after Mr McNicoll as a mark of respect for his contribution.

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