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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

Outreach Activities

We believe it is important to bring cyber security awareness and education to schools so that we can help pupils to protect themselves and attract some of them to study cyber security or computing related subjects in the future.

Below are some example or our outreach activity with schools:

  • Student Ambassadors: We have appointed a number of PhD students as outreach Student Ambassadors, to help the University and institute conduct cyber related outreach activities.
  • Cyber security activity sheet for school pupils: We worked with Futurum Careers, a school-facing magazine for attracting teenagers to study STEM subjects, to produce a cyber security awareness article with an interactive activity sheet (see below for the link and citation information), and a ‘top tips’ video that can be used to engage school pupils, parents and staff. All material is released under the Creative Common License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) and we welcome all to use them for cyber security outreach activities with schools. Please inform us via kirccs-public@kent.ac.uk if you use the material and find it useful.
    The article: Shujun Li and Jason Nurse, “How to Beat the Cybercriminals and Stay Safe Online,” Futurum Careers, Issue 4, pages 32-33, March 2020, DOI:10.33424/FUTURUM43.

  • CyberFirst courses and events:
    1. KeCSEC was due to  co-organise two NCSC-funded CyberFirst courses on campus at the University of Kent in 2020 with QA Ltd.: a CyberFirst Girls Competition Development day on 17 October, and a CyberFirst Advanced Course from 10-15 August. These were converted to virtual events due to Covid-19. We plan to organise such events again in 2021 (hopefully physically).
    2. For CyberFirst EmPower Cyber Week (30th November 2020 – 4th December 2020), PhD student Sarah Turner and Dr Virginia Franqueira presented live sessions on the security implications of deepfake technologies and how to perform personal threat modelling. Watch Sarah’s presentation.
  • Inspiring next-generation cyber experts: The Centre is actively working with schools and other organisations to promote cyber security as a future career for pupils who are interested in ICT.
    1. For Safer Internet Day 2021, we engaged with a local School (St Edmund’s), to give a presentation and support with their interactive sessions (Kent news story).
    2. Jason Nurse was featured in Fantastic Jobs and How to Get Them, a book published by Oxford University Press as part of its famous Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops series (Kent news story).