Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

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Resources for Students

There are many extra-curricular opportunities for students who are studying a cyber security degree course or are simply interested in cyber security as a topic. Some of such opportunities are provided by iCSS, and others are from external organisations. This page lists some of such opportunities.

Opportunities Provided by iCSS

Cyber Security Student Society

iCSS is helping University of Kent taught students to set up a Cyber Security Student Society. If you are interested, please email to join a mailing list that was set up for discussing this.

iCSS cyber-students mailing list

iCSS regularly sends information about student-facing events and activities, including iCSS seminars that our students may be interested, via a cyber-students mailing list. Email to subscribe to the mailing list.

CIISec student membership

iCSS has an academic partnership with the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). This means that our students can benefit from a CIISec student membership while they are studying. Like all memberships, but especially at student level, you will get out what you put in!

  • Make contacts and develop your network within the cyber security community.
  • Develop skills that will help you with your career.
  • Demonstrate skills and your desire to contribute to future employers.

At a student level there are plenty of ways to get involved with CIISec; even if you have no or little practical experience within the industry there are still opportunities to contribute. For example, there are opportunities to support the organisation of events, help at Career Development days at your University, become a student champion, win a CIISec award of Student of the Year, and get your work published.

If you are interested in the CIISec student membership, just send an email to with the subject “CIISec Student Membership”. In the body of the email provide the following personal details:

  • Your name (first name & last name);
  • Your Kent email;
  • The course you are studying; and
  • The sentence “I consent to iCSS sharing the provided personal details with CIISec for the purpose of student membership application.”

Deadline for application: 5pm Monday 12 December 2022

Opportunities Supported by iCSS and/or Provided by iCSS Partners

Plexal NCSC Academic Entrepreneurship Series

The Entrepreneurship Series, delivered by NCSC’s innovation partner, Plexal is exclusive for students on NCSC-certified courses and other associated initiatives and is designed to introduce attendees to some of the key principles and practices of entrepreneurship.

Taking place across 6 weeks and delivered virtually in 60 – 90-minute sessions, attendees will hear from speakers from the world of startups, investment, industry and academia who will share their experiences and advice for anyone considering setting up their own business.

The Series began on Tuesday, November 8 with the first session focussed on “Turning an Idea into Reality”, where attendees will be introduced to principles such as product-market fit, rapid prototyping and building an MVP (minimum viable product). Future sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Spinouts v university startup programmes
  • Building a team
  • Funding options and support
  • Raising Investment 101
  • Pitching and storytelling

To signup to the event series please visit the Eventbrite page. Please contact for the password to sign up.

Eligible for current students on the MSc Cyber Security only.

CIISec Cyber Career Development Events

CIISec runs Student Cyber Career Development Events with Academic partners to help students find their way into the cyber security industry. The CIISec Cyber Security Career Development Events look at how the profession is evolving, what are the most sought after skills, how leading organisations are meeting their skills deficit and most importantly, what you should be thinking about to take charge and frame your personal career development.

Find out more here.

NCSC Innovators Challenge Event

From 2021-22 academic year, the UK’s NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has been running a 3-day annual Innovators Challenge Event. In 2021, three University of Kent students studying the MSc Cyber Security degree course attended the event. Click here to read a news story about their experience at the event.

The 2022-23 academic year call is to be announced. Stay tuned!

Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is an annual cyber competition focusing on socio-technical strategy challenges related to cyber. In the past two years, iCSS supported a student team to compete in the challenge. Click here (2022) and here (2021) to see the news stories about the two past teams.

The 2023 challenge is now open! Visit the Cyber 9/12 website for information and resources. If you are interested in being part of the competing team, please contact Dr Gareth Mott <>.

Opportunities Provided by Other Organisations

(ISC)² Free Certification and Education to UK Cybersecurity Career Seekers

(ISC)² is offering the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity course to 100,000 individuals in the UK for free (terms and conditions apply). The (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity certification is a foundational cybersecurity certification designed to help recipients build a pathway to a rewarding career in cybersecurity. This entry-level certification will prove to employers you have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an entry- or junior-level cybersecurity role. It proves your willingness and ability to learn and grow on the job.

Learn more here.