Computer science students claim experience is more worthy than qualifications
Computer science students claim experience is more worthy than qualifications

The Cyber Security Challenge has partnered with 15 UK universities to find ideas from masters' students to discover new ways to improve trust in the online world.

The ‘Cyber integrity and meaning of trust competition' is the pilot for a national programme to put the issues of security, resilience and integrity into a business context and draw ideas from all UK masters students.

The universities: 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; and University College London, will call on their masters students for ideas. In return, the students will receive an opportunity to present their ideas to employers.

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.

Initial entries must come in the form of a dissertation synopsis that 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 in those who develop, support and use them, and making the case for or against business, political or regulatory action to address security concerns.

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.”

Stephanie Daman, CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “One of the key priorities for the 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 enjoy the challenge's full programme of exciting competitions and test whether their skills are relevant to a profession actively on the hunt for new recruits.”

Registrations close on Wednesday 31st July. Students can register from today here.