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City University London offers Cyber Security Challenge to masters students

UK-wide competition on ‘Cyber integrity and the meaning of trust’ places security, resilience and integrity into a business context.
by John Stevenson

City University London is one of 15 British universities collaborating with Cyber Security Challenge UK to draw out fresh ideas from masters students with a view to improving trust in the online world.

Any City MA, LLM, MSc or MBA student can enter a presentation based on their dissertation which addresses at least some of the key issues set by the competition organisers. These include measures to increase confidence in security products and services, as well as confidence in those who develop, support and use them. Another issue will involve making the case for or against business, political or regulatory action to address security concerns.

nullOther participating universities are: Bedfordshire; Cranfield; De Montfort, Greenwich; Kent; Strathclyde; London Metropolitan; London School of Economics; University College London; Northumbria; Nottingham Trent; St Andrews; Queen Mary, University of London; and Royal Holloway, University of London.

The competition has been developed by the WCIT (The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists), the City of London Livery Company for ICT, in association with The Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Digital Policy Alliance and others. The competition organisers fully recognise that in an increasingly internet-dependent world, it is necessary to reach beyond technical, computer science and electrical engineering domains.

The competition will be delivered through Cyber Security Challenge UK which already runs a series of competitions developed by employers and supporters from industry, government and academia to find new talent for the sector and is part of a new stream of university activities.

Candidates will also have an opportunity to present their ideas to employers seeking to recruit talented individuals and persons who can assist in improving customer confidence in their products and services.

Each participating University will select two or three entries for judging by a panel of industry experts who will decide the overall winners, to be announced at one or more awards ceremonies in Central 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. Other awards events will have similar high profile audiences.

Professor Kevin Jones, Professor of Dependability and Security at City University, said:

"At City we are committed to the future prosperity of the City of London and we see cyber security as a critical problem that must be addressed. But this issue goes far wider. As more and more of our world and industry moves online this is increasingly an issue that affects the UK economy as a whole and requires the widest possible pool of talent to come up with the new ideas to help us tackle it. To help achieve this we are calling on masters students from a range of academic disciplines to think about online trust in cyber space as something that they could make a contribution to."

Registration for the competition closes on Wednesday 31st July.

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