Follow us

Scotland’s fortnightly political & current affairs magazine


Subscribe to Holyrood
Scottish school pupils learn about cyber security in Christmas lectures

Scottish school pupils learn about cyber security in Christmas lectures

Dr Lynsay Shepherd and Dr Gavin Hales of Abertay University - Image credit: Abertay University

Secondary school pupils across Scotland will have the chance to find out more about cyber security and online safety in a series of lectures this week.

The cyber security Christmas lectures have been taking place in universities across Scotland in the week before Christmas since 2012.

Aimed at school pupils aged S4 and above and college students, the aim is to inspire a new generation into careers in the digital sector and cyber security.


Edinburgh Napier University in new industry partnership to address cyber security skills gap

Cyber security qualifications introduced for school pupils

Computer game trains Scottish police to fight cyber crime

The free interactive lectures, given by industry experts, are intended to bring the subject area to life in educational but fun sessions.

They also compliment the three themes that the new National Progression Award in Cyber Security are based on: digital forensics, ethical hacking and data security.

Speakers include representatives from Police Scotland, academics from Abertay, Napier, Strathclyde and Edinburgh universities and industry partners teaching on subjects such as blockchain, internet of things and hacking the internet.

The lecture series is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), Young Scot, cyber security membership organisation (ISC)², information security conference BSides and Skills Development Scotland.

The first day of lectures is taking place today at UHI in Inverness, with the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen hosting tomorrow, Abertay University in Dundee on Wednesday, University of Edinburgh on Thursday and Glasgow Caledonian University on Friday.

Dr Lynsay Shepherd of Abertay Univeristy said: “Computing is such a rapidly evolving subject area that it can be very difficult for teachers to keep themselves (and the curriculum) current and interesting for the kids.

“For many of the students it’s also an opportunity for them to see a lecture in a university setting which will hopefully inspire them to go to university.”

Shepherd is giving a talk along with her colleague Dr Gavin Hales on the internet of things called ‘A Fridge Full of Spam’, which shows how easily a hacker could take control of a smart fridge to send unwanted emails.

Read the most recent article written by Jenni Davidson - FSB calls for Scottish and UK governments to ‘bury the hatchet’ on broadband rollout

Stay in the know with our fortnightly magazine

Stay in the know with our fortnightly magazine


Popular reads