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Cybercrime the focus of Abertay Christmas lecture series

More than 500 school and college students attended a cyber terrorism lecture at Abertay University.

From warnings outlining how your fridge can be hacked to internet theories with links dating back to the 1600s, the Christmas lecture tour covered all areas of online security and drew on expertise from Abertay ethical hacking experts.

Professor Gregor White, head of the school of arts, media and computer games, said: “Cyber security is one of biggest challenges facing organisations, governments, industries and companies at the moment and the threat to networks and industry computers is enormous.

“Almost all organisations will be subject to security breaches at some time and this costs the country and the taxpayer millions of pounds every year.

“We ensure our graduates have the skills the industry needs. There is currently an 800-graduate shortfall every year in Scotland alone and our students do very well in going on to secure jobs after their studies.

“There is a great demand for people with these skills and cyber security can be a very rewarding and varied career.”

Abertay lecturers Dr Lynsay Shepherd and Dr Gavin Hales delivered a talk entitled “A Fridge Full of Spam”, discussing the Internet of Things and showing how easily a malicious hacker could take control of a smart fridge to send unwanted emails.

The Christmas lectures have been running since 2012 at universities across Scotland with the aim of inspiring a new generation into careers in the digital sector.

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