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Cyber Security: Police visit University from China

Published: Mon 17 Nov 2014
Cyber Security: Police visit University from China

The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science recently welcomed 21 Chinese Police to learn more about Cyber Security, its future and impact.

The visiting group met with academics, were given a tour of the school’s facilities and heard a talk on the many facets of the changing online crime world.

Dr. Andrea Cullen, programme leader for the MSc Cyber Security programme, delivered an eye opening lecture ‘Cyber Security: Concerns for the Future’; explaining how the landscape is much broader than many first realise, with social issues such as grooming and harassment playing as much a part as illegal downloading and fraud.

The lecture, which was interpreted in Chinese, also looked at the motivations behind online crime. Dr Cullen described how government research has found that although the number of security breaches against organisations is going down, the cost of each cyber-attack is rising significantly.

The visiting police were very interested to find out more about the University’s research and programmes, in particular the latest addition; the MSc in Cyber Security.

The School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) was one of the pioneers of Computing in higher education in the UK and continues to offer a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Emphasis in all programmes is placed on the application of theory to the solution of real problems within industry and commerce. EECS has its own network based on powerful servers running UNIX, accessed by Linux and Windows workstations. Specialised cyber security equipment enables individuals to recreate some of the serious issues faced in industry in a safe and controlled environment.

The University of Bradford’s internationally acknowledged research-active staff work on cutting edge research in the area of computer science to enable us to continuously develop the programmes we offer. The department has a strong heritage as one of the oldest Computing Departments in the country.

Dr. Andrea Cullen, thanked the Chinese Police for coming to visit the department: “It is wonderful to see that the department remains an expert in the field of Cyber Security for police internationally.

“We are the only University in the world to include the ISO27001 Lead Implementer qualification as part of our MSc. This provides us with a fantastic opportunity to prepare our students for work in industry. Ultimately this additional qualification not only makes graduates extremely employable but also helps our staff to act as practitioners so that they can bring real life experience into the classroom.”

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