Wales, U.K., Dec 18, 2019 — There are closed-group Hackathons held around the world, all through the year. Then some stand out for pushing the envelope. This year’s Hackathon by Cardiff Metropolitan School of Technologies, in partnership with EC-Council, the world’s leading cybersecurity credentialing body, makes the cut by having its prospective students experience cybersecurity firsthand as an insight to the degree they will be looking to study. The event, which is in its 13th edition, included an ethical hacking competition that saw 12 schools compete for prizes while completing a guided ‘Sniffing’ lab assessment.
Over the past couple of years, the U.K. faced over 1800 cyberattacks since the establishment of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in 2016. While the NCSC is not able to confirm the number of incidents that were prevented or disrupted by them, the U.K. recognizes that the intervention by cybersecurity experts has saved large swathes of data from being breached, thereby preventing tremendous financial loss. It confirmed that the launch of Operation Haulster managed to flag fraudulent intention against over 1 million stolen credit card details, even before the crime occurred.
While NCSC is working towards creating secure networks that connect people, businesses, and governments, the cybersecurity skill-gap in the U.K. has reached a crisis point, as pointed out by RedSeal in their latest report. Frompolling data on cybercrime, RedSeal observed that shockingly 87% U.K. CIOs and senior IT professionals are struggling to find cybersecurity professionals with the needed expertise. Whereas, 95% specified that the security skill gap will further widen due to lack of cybersecurity education in the U.K. To help combat this EC-Council is making considerable contributions to fuel the cybersecurity ecosystem in the U.K. with its industry-recognized cybersecurity credentials and Academia programme.
“Cardiff Met is doing a great job by allowing prospective students to experience cybersecurity via this Hackathon event. EC-Council will continue to encourage universities and educational institutions who are focused on bringing and creating a skilled workforce in cybersecurity,” says Philip Blake, Regional Director at EC-Council. “EC-Council’s long-term goal is to create an army of cyber experts around the world who can prevent/solve cybercrimes for a safer, secure world. It is events like these that help us directly address the UK cyber talent deficit”
“It has been a privilege for Cardiff Met to partner with EC-Council on this Hackathon event. This has been the largest Cardiff School of Technologies event to date, putting the skills of our students to the test in an industry recognised environment,” says Gareth Jones, Student Recruitment Marketing Officer, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security, including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. EC-Council also hosts conferences across the US and around the world, including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please see https://www.eccouncil.org.
EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. To learn more about EC-Council Foundation, please see https://www.cyberlympics.org.
About Cardiff Metropolitan University:
Cardiff Metropolitan is a thriving global university founded in 1865, with an academic portfolio oriented towards practice-focused and professionally recognised education and research. The University offers over 250 taught programmes with a strong focus on employability and teaching excellence.
The Cardiff School of Technologies launched in 2018, focuses on computer science, smart technology, data science, informatics and engineering. The school works in partnership with industry and also offers degree apprenticeship programmes with the Office for National Statistics.