The two-day Certified Ethical Hacker course will teach attendees how to test for weaknesses in online security systems that could be exploited by malicious hackers. The aim is to ensure teachers at schools, colleges, and universities in the U.K. have the very latest cybersecurity skills and can pass these onto their students.
The course is being organized by EC-Council and the cybersecurity educators’ community organization CISSE UK, in partnership with Northumbria University. It will take place at Northumbria’s award-winning Computer and Information Sciences building this weekend. Northumbria has a strong reputation in the field of cybersecurity and is an academic partner of the EC-Council, as well as an accredited examination center for the Certified Ethical Hacker exam – an internationally recognized qualification. All final year students on Northumbria’s Computer Networks and Cyber Security B.Sc (Hons) degree are given the opportunity to undertake the Certified Ethical Hacker exam, receiving a separate qualification from the EC-Council alongside their degree if successful.
Dr Neil Eliot is a Senior Lecturer within Northumbria’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences and has coordinated the University’s partnership with CISSE and the EC-Council which led to this weekend’s boot camp event. A certified ethical hacker since 2014, Eliot believes giving teachers the latest cybersecurity skills is essential to ensuring students have the skills needed to stay safe in an increasingly digital world. He said, “So much of our lives are conducted online these days, and while this is often more convenient it also means our personal information is at risk from hackers.
“It is vital that we teach young people about the risks of sharing information online, how to spot a potential threat and what to do if they suspect they are being targeted. The best time to do this is while they are studying at school, college, or university, before they enter the world of employment, but this means ensuring their teachers are up to date with the latest cybersecurity developments,” Eliot further added.
Philip Blake, EC-Council Regional Director (Europe), said, “EC-Council’s Academia division strongly believes in supporting faculty, students, and Cybersecurity ecosystems across the world. Groups such as CISSE, in partnership with higher education, industry, and government have also been instrumental in influencing Cybersecurity program expansion and development. In addition to supporting CISSE (USA), EC-Council Academia is now pleased to support CISSE UK as they partner with Northumbria University to implement EC-Council’s tactical Cybersecurity program tracks.”
Dr Charles Clarke of CISSE UK said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with both Northumbria University and EC-Council, on what is a unique and valuable opportunity for academics. The cybersecurity sector evolves both rapidly and continuously, impacting the culture of how this subject is taught and experienced by students in universities. This CEH Weekend Boot Camp at Northumbria University is the first of an anticipated series of such events and is representative of a broader CISSE UK strategy to establish a culture of outstanding, innovative and state-of-the-art cybersecurity education, in the UK.”
Eliot has now applied for grant funding to carry out a survey of teachers at schools, colleges, and universities to find out the level of cybersecurity education currently being provided across the North of England. This will identify gaps in provision, raise awareness of the importance of teaching these skills, and shape the planning of future training events.
Eliot said, “The young people of today are the business owners of tomorrow and it is essential that they understand how to keep their own information, and that of their future customers and employees, safe from malicious hackers. “By understanding the current state of play when it comes to cybersecurity education in schools and colleges, we can suggest improvements and design training which will give teachers and academics the skills required.”