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A very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to all our students, from the staff here at COMSC. Hope you all enjoy a relaxing festive break after a busy semester, and come back refreshed to start all over again in January! :-)
STUDENTS: we are hoping you can help us find out which countries you would want to go to as part of outward mobility (study, short or year-long placement). Could as many of you as poss please answer the following question (by posting your preferred country as a comment) before next Thursday please? In which destination would you like to spend time as part of a study exchange or work placement? Europe North America/Canada Africa Middle East China Australia Thank you!
Congratulations to the winners of the School's recent Security Certification Competition - Hristo Georgiev (Yr1 Computer Science) and Daniel Greening (Yr3 Computer Science). They have won the opportunity to gain the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification licence. Well done to our winning students and thank you to all who entered the competition.
Are you joining this September as an MSc student? Or coming from overseas? We have received a few requests from applicants who would like to connect with their soon-to-be classmates prior to starting with us. Also feel free to post any questions you may have about the start of your course here. The beauty of social media! :-)
Huge congratulations to everybody who has achieved the A Level results needed to come and join us in September - we look forward to welcoming you to the School! :-)
Good luck to everyone receiving their A Level results tomorrow who has applied to join us in September - we're sure you'll have plenty to celebrate! :-)
Calling our current MSc students... Models needed! :-) We are organising a photo shoot for this Wednesday (23rd July) at 2pm in the School to take photographs for the latest edition of our postgraduate recruitment brochure. All current MSc students should have received an email inviting them along - it would be great to see as many of you there as possible, with your best smiles! :-) Please share this amongst the MSc group.
All students are invited to attend this talk next week... Title: CyberSecurity and the Payment Card Industry When: Wednesday 11 November, 11am-1pm Where: C/2.07 Abstract: The talk will introduce the attendees to the challenges of today's CyberSecurity practices, especially focusing on protecting assets related to the Payment Card Industry. Emphasis will be given to the different security assessment types, currently utilised by the industry, to protect potential targets. More specifically, the talk will highlight the systems that handle financial transactions, mostly performed through Point-of-Sale (POS) devices or Virtual Terminals. During the talk, real-life scenarios will be discussed, to inspire the attendees into thinking outside the box, especially for protecting such mission-critical computer infrastructures. As future decision makers, the attendees will be introduced and understand what should be their main focus and next steps into preparing themselves today, in order to protect tomorrow's businesses. Short Bio: Dr. Grigorios Fragkos, VP of CyberSecurity at Sysnet Global Solutions. Grigorios is responsible for CyberSecurity across a range of services related to the Payment Card Industry while specialising in penetration testing and advanced security research. He has a number of publications in the area of Computer Security and Computer Forensics with active research in CyberSecurity and CyberDefence. His R&D background in Information Security, along with his experience in the CyberDefence department of the military, is invaluable when it comes to safeguarding critical infrastructures and especially for the financial sector. Grigorios is well-known among the Information Security community, and he has presented in a number of security conferences, workshops and summits over the years. Thinking ahead and outside the box when dealing with information security challenges is one of the key characteristics of his talks. Follow: @drgfragkos