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Scotland’s largest cyber-security conference, which is entirely organised by Ethical Hacking students, will be held at Abertay University next week (Wednesday 15 January).

The third annual Securi-Tay conference will bring together over 100 delegates from education, industry and law enforcement. It is unique in the UK as the only student-led conference of its type, run by the Abertay Ethical Hacking Society.

Securi-Tay conference consists of a day of talks and discussions by industry leaders, academics and students from the Abertay’s Ethical Hacking degree courses.

The event has attracted support and sponsorship from major security companies including NCC Group, Cigital and MWR InfoSec, as well as funding through the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance and Abertay University.

Ollie Whitehouse, Associate Director of NCC Group, said: “As the largest dedicated cyber-security services firm in Europe, NCC Group sees the continued investment in tomorrow’s professionals as critical to overcoming future challenges.

“Local grass roots Scottish training initiatives are critical to both the cyber-security of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Securi-Tay is a prime example of such an initiative backed by a strong vocational academic institution, faculty and students. As a result NCC Group is proud to be the core sponsor.”

An important element of the conference is the platform it gives Abertay students to present their work to a large audience. At this year’s event, three current students as well as two former students are presenting.

Oren Benshabat, a third year Ethical Hacking Student, said: “It is great to have the opportunity to speak to such a varied and experienced audience. Having the chance to present at a conference will improve my employability and show that students have a great deal to offer the industry.”

Colin McLean, Programme Tutor and creator of the UK’s first Ethical Hacking degree at Abertay, added: “The Ethical Hacking degrees at Abertay have a reputation of providing graduates with the attributes required by the leading security companies in the UK. This is in no small part due to the work ethic and drive of the students that study at Abertay.

“The Securi-Tay conference is entirely student-led, driven and organised. It is now recognised as the leading vocational security conference in Scotland and has attracted some of the top security speakers in the UK.

“I am proud to say that the Ethical Hacking students at Abertay University are leading the way in Scotland’s battle to defend against cyber threats.”

With sessions including the cost of maintaining security, Windows 8 security, oil rig and remote systems safety and a discussion on how organisations can manage their risk, the conference has a wide variety of technical and non-technical talks pitched at all levels.

The event takes place on January 15th at Abertay University and is open to all members of the public, with reduced ticket prices for students.

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