Computer students get switched on to cyber security
Computer students at the University of Wolverhampton got switched on to the work of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit when police officers visited the Faculty of Science & Engineering recently.
The University has been involved in Cyber Security Information Sharing since 2006 and has forged valuable links with the Cyber Crime Unit, set up in 2014 as a combined venture between the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and West Mercia Police Forces to focus specifically on hi-tech crimes, for example, computer related systems or hacking devices.
Detective Inspector Rob Harris and Detective Sergeant Gary Sirrel, from the recently formed Regional Cyber Crime Unit, spent an afternoon with final year students discussing the regional cyber investigation capability and outlining some of the cases they have been investigating. They discussed some of the challenges they face in pursuing cyber criminals and talked about how they are helping to protect businesses and the public from cyber scams.
Tony Proctor, Principal Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It was great that Rob and Gary were able to spend some time with our students sharing their experiences of cyber investigation.
“Traditionally, hi-tech policing has focused on digital forensics, obtaining evidence from technology that has been seized as a result of a raid or arrest and not normally associated with cyber-crime. This is a relatively new aspect of policing and it was particularly interesting to hear that hackers do not operate exclusively from overseas, they can also be found much closer to home in our own region.”
Detective Sergeant Gary Sirrell said: “We found that the students were very attentive and especially enjoyed the questions that they asked. We would like this to be the start of a strong relationship with the University of Wolverhampton and it is anticipated that this visit will be the first of a series of collaborative activities between the University and the Police in this important area.”
Dave Wedderburn, BSc (Hons) Information Technology Security in his final year, said: “I thought it was great that our tutors arranged the seminar with the cyber cops. It allowed me to see and understand some of the work that goes on behind the scenes, which allows us all to use cyber space safely. What I found particularly interesting was seeing IT security from another perspective. It’s all very well reading journals and researching the internet, but being able to ask questions about situations and scenarios was a very rewarding experience which you cannot get from a book or a computer.”
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Date Issued: 8th February 2016