WEBINAR: Cyber Talent and Diversity

26th May 2021 11:10am – 12:00 noon

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The post-covid era...a time of opportunity to pursue more diversity in the cybersecurity talent pool?

Diversity and talent development are key topics across all sectors. At Abertay we produce highly trained graduates for all walks of life who are passionate and committed to Cybersecurity. We will be holding a live discussion on cyber talent and diversity, where everyone will contribute their experiences and opinions on how to ensure a diverse work force and talent pipeline that will ensure the success of businesses of all sizes in Cybersecurity.

This webinar will resonate with:

  • Employers

  • Individuals thinking of moving into the sector

  • Those interested in having a career in the cyber sector

What to expect:

  • Discussion and interaction between our guest speakers - this webinar is live!

  • A rounded and informed conversation with perspectives from both industry and academia

  • A link to a recording of the webinar after it's taken place (following registration)

  • The opportunity to ask our guest speakers a question, even if you can't make the live event (following registration)

Guest Speakers

Dr Natalie Coull (Host)
Head of the Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University

Chelsea Jarvie
Director, Neon Circle

Colin Urquhart
Security Analyst at Raytheon UK

Abdullah Khan
Senior Ethical Hacking Lead at BRIM

Polly Purvis OBE
Chair and Founder of CodeClan

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Dr Natalie Coull (Webinar Host)

Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University, and was responsible for developing their bachelors in Digital Forensics and the NCSC Certified Masters in Ethical Hacking. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cybersecurity and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.

Natalie graduated with a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education for software development from the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.

Working with colleagues at Kingston University, and the University of the West of England, Natalie is one of the founders of CISSE UK – an organisation created to bring together those interested in cybersecurity education across the UK, and provide a platform for sharing best practice and resources.

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Chelsea Jarvie - Director, Neon Circle (Alumna)

Chelsea Jarvie is an award-winning cyber security leader with a background in Ethical Hacking. She has worked across the public and private sector building cyber security teams and driving forward modern security practices.

Chelsea started her own cyber security company called Neon Circle in 2019 and has worked with a range of clients on cloud security, security culture and awareness, ISO27001 and GDPR.

Since she was a student, Chelsea has been a STEM ambassador passionate about promoting technology careers to women and building inclusive cultures in industry.

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Colin Urquhart - Security Analyst at Raytheon UK (Alumnus)

Colin Urquhart is a Security Analyst at Raytheon UK and an Ethical Hacking graduate with an interest in automotive security.

Colin received a Bachelor with Honours in Ethical Hacking and Computer Security from Abertay University in Dundee and has presented at GreyHat and BSides on automotive security.



Abdullah Khan - Senior Ethical Hacking Lead at BRIM (Alumnus)

Abdullah Khan leads the Ethical Hackers who come through the Talent Pipeline Programme to deliver services with excellence, for clients across the network of Cyber Resilience Centres.

A former Ethical Hacker at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the first in the UK that the CRC Network is modelled on, Abdullah uses his technical expertise as well as experience in commercial delivery, to support, train and mentor the students within the Programme.

Having graduated with a Hons degree in computing with AI in 2005, after running his own business, Abdullah returned to university as a mature student where he then completed a Masters in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (Distinction) from Abertay University. 


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Polly Purvis OBE - Chair and Founder of CodeClan (Honorary Graduate)

Polly Purvis has recently retired as Director, ScotFIN, at IGS, the Dundee and Edinburgh based agri-tech business building leading edge vertical farming solutions.

Prior to joining IGS, Polly was CEO of ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital industries in Scotland, She is the Founder and immediate past Chair of CodeClan, a board member of Edinburgh Science, a member of the Advisory Board of Converge Challenge and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay.

During her career she has worked in the financial services, economic development, and digital technologies industries.

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