Edinburgh Napier University’s BEng (Hons) in Cybersecurity and Forensics has become the first undergraduate course in the UK to be fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), whose parent organisation is GCHQ.
The BEng course helps meet the UK’s growing demand for security engineers by adding specialist knowledge of digital forensics, data security and software development to undergraduates’ general computing skills and network knowledge.
You can read the full story at Edinburgh Napier University news.
The Tay Cities Deal was formally signed on Thursday 22nd November in Perth, confirming millions of Pounds of investment to the area. It is expected that the Deal will create over 6000 jobs across Tayside and Fife.
The deal will include direct benefits for SICSA-member institutions, including an investment of over £26m to the University of St Andrews for transformative infrastructure works at the Eden Campus project at Guardbridge.
There will also be a significant investment into Strengthening Cyber Resilience and Developing Digital Forensics, including:
- £6 million from the Scottish Government and £5.7 million from the UK Government for the development of the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.
- The “Cyber Quarter” would be a cluster of academic-commercial activity, providing a co-location space for academia and industry, expertise in applied research and access to a range of public sector support located within the Tay Cities region. The project will capitalise on the existing expertise of Abertay University in ethical hacking.
- £15 million from the UK Government to establish the country’s first Forensic Science Research Centre. Aims to “drive industrial partnership, invest in an Innovation Cluster Development alongside the University of Abertay’s Cyber Quarter working with SMEs and start-ups to exploit new intellectual property and to enter new markets facilitated by the Forensic Science Catapult Centre and build a world-leading vibrant culture of Innovation, Communication and Economy at the University of Dundee.
You can read more about the Tay Cities Deal at The Courier.
We are very pleased to announce that the 2019 SICSA PhD Conference will take place on 18th & 19th June 2019 at the University of Stirling.
Following an extremely successful Conference earlier this year at RGU we are now making plans for next year’s event. As always, the SICSA PhD Conference next year will be put together by a hard-working group of student volunteers and we are now recruiting for the next organising committee. If you are a PhD student in Informatics/Computer Science, working in a SICSA institution you are eligible to apply to be part of the committee.
Being part of the SICSA Conference Organising Committee can be an immensely rewarding experience – you will have the opportunity to work closely with PhD students and academics from around Scotland, gain experience of all aspects of organising a high profile academic event and contribute to the success of a conference that is becoming more popular year upon year. This is also a great addition to your CV.
To apply for this exciting opportunity please complete the short Application Form and return to email@example.com by 22 November 2018
A new action plan will encourage the growth of innovative Scottish cyber security research to deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.
The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will work with key partners to ensure Scotland fully exploits the economic growth opportunities of the increasing demand for cyber security goods.
Scottish Enterprise will receive just over £1 million to drive growth in the cyber security industry, including £370,000 for the creation of a cluster management organisation, £500,000 for a Cyber Essentials voucher scheme for small and medium-sized third and private sector organisations and £250,000 to stimulate cyber-specific innovation.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay said:
“The Cyber Resilience Economic Opportunity Action Plan sets out the key practical steps the Scottish Government and key partners will take collectively to support the growth of Scotland’s cyber security firms. It aims to encourage the development of innovative cyber security research and deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.
“As the cyber threat increases, demand for cyber security goods and service increases. There is an opportunity for Scotland’s cyber security businesses to reap the benefits of this growing demand.”
David Smith, Director of Technology, Engineering and Construction at Scottish Enterprise, said:
“I’m delighted that through this plan we’re recognising the contribution that cyber security can make to our digital economy, and I’m looking forward to working with our partners to support the growth of the cyber security cluster in Scotland.”
From the people who brought you previous #BuildTheBBC events across London and Salford, comes an evening of tech talks focussed on the teams in Glasgow and their challenges and how they deliver their products to the nation. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about the work the teams create for the BBC from the amazing Pacific Quay office; and the challenges that the BBC Design + Engineering department face.
The evening will consist of talks from the BBC Design + Engineering teams in Glasgow along with food/refreshments and the chance to network. You’ll hear from Platform, Voice and Education.
The talks will take place at BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow on 11th June from 17.30-21.00.
Information and Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/buildthebbc-glasgow-bbc-design-engineering-tickets-46191184075
Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Research Theme Leader. There are two positions available:
- SICSA Research Theme Leader for Artificial Intelligence
- SICSA Research Theme Leader for Human Computer Interaction
The roles both commence on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.
For more information on the roles and to apply, please download the documentation below.
Theme Leaders Role Description
Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders
Closing Date: 30th June 2018
We are pleased to announce that registration is open for DemoFest 2018, which takes place on 6th November (4-7pm) at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its 11th year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities.
DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience first-hand, the innovative research taking place in Scottish Universities. Our exhibitors will talk about their research, tell you why it’s important to your organisation, and demonstrate their technology working in real-time.
The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations, business opportunities, internships, employment opportunities and much more.
DemoFest 2018 will focus on the following key areas:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Big Data
- Networking & The Cloud
- Robotics and Autonomous Systems
- Understanding Complex Systems
The 2018 event will feature:
- Exhibition hall with 50 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities
- Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox
- Event Partner Exhibitions
- Welcome talk from a special guest (TBA)
DemoFest is organised by SICSA in partnership with ScotlandIS.