Division of Cyber Security

Division of Cyber Security

Head of Division: Natalie Coull

The Division’s programmes have been designed to support the development of technical skills and an offensive approach to cyber security. It provides exciting opportunities to collaborate closely with industry, lecturers and fellow students to devise and learn innovative methods to defend systems from cyber-attacks. 

The Division of Cybersecurity is Abertay's centre for teaching, research and knowledge exchange in applied computer science and cybersecurity.

Our staff have substantial expertise in areas including cybersecurity, ethical hacking, penetration testing, digital forensics, human-computer interaction, usable security, IoT, secure software development, artificial intelligence, and parallel programming.

Abertay was the first university to offer degrees in Ethical Hacking and Computer Games Technology, and our degrees maintain an excellent reputation for quality and employability in these industries.

Much of our teaching is laboratory-based, and our students have access to well-equipped specialist teaching laboratories for ethical hacking, networking, Internet of Things and general software development work.

We also have close ties to industry in our areas of expertise; our staff and students provide cybersecurity and usability consultancy to businesses around the world.


The Division of Cyber Security teach the following programmes:


The Division of Cyber Security offers a specialist computing environment for teaching and research in Cyber Security. The Netlab and The Hack Lab are designed to enable combined lecturing and laboratory experiments. They have an isolated, reconfigurable network and dedicated internet connection.


Staff and research students within the Division of Cyber Security conduct research connected to all of Abertay's research themes:

For more details of our research, see our staff profiles.