UK masters students to help build online security and trust

The UK national Cyber Security Challenge and 15 UK universities are calling on masters students for ideas on improving online security and trust

The UK national Cyber Security Challenge and 15 UK universities are calling on masters students for ideas on improving confidence in, and the security of, the internet economy and digital society.

The Cyber Integrity and Meaning of Trust Competition offers winners an opportunity to present their ideas to employers  looking to secure their online systems and boost customer confidence.

The competition will be the pilot for a national programme that aims to put the issues of security, resilience and integrity into business context.

Any MA, MBA or MSc student can enter a presentation based on their dissertation for assessment by a panel of policy makers and business leaders as well as security professionals.

The competition recognises that improving confidence in the digital economy goes beyond the technical, computer science and electrical engineering domains.

Universities taking part in the Cyber Security Challenge

  • Bedfordshire    
  • City University London 
  • Cranfield             
  • De Monfort       
  • Greenwich         
  • Kent     
  • London Metropolitan Strathclyde
  • London School of Economics
  • Northumbria
  • Nottingham Trent
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • St Andrews
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University College London

The competition was developed by The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) and the City of London Livery Company for ICT, in association with The Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Digital Policy Alliance and others.

It will be delivered through the Cyber Security Challenge which runs a series of competitions developed to find new talent for the cyber security sector.

Stephanie Daman, chief executive, Cyber Security Challenge UK, said:  “One of the key priorities for the UK Cyber Security Challenge from the beginning has been to demonstrate that the cyber security profession requires input and new ideas from all sorts of people with a variety of skills sets.

“Through this partnership we hope to establish strong connections with university departments and encourage students of all backgrounds to test whether their skills are relevant to a profession actively on the hunt for new recruits,” she said.

Each participating university will select up to three entries for judging by a panel of industry experts who will decide the winners, to be announced at one or more awards ceremonies in London.

At least one of these is expected to include an opportunity to present a winning entry to a conference hosted by the Lord Mayor with an audience drawn from the Livery Companies and City Institutions.

Registrations for the competition close on Wednesday 31 July.

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