Industry professionals lead learning at £18m cyber security centre

June 17, 2022

A new cyber security research unit has been opened at a Scottish university where students will learn directly from industry professionals.

The cyberQuarter centre, claimed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, cost £18m.

It was officially opened at Abertay University in Dundee and boasts four floors for use by businesses, academics, and students.

NHS National Services Scotland’s cyber-security wing is one of its first clients, creating 30 new jobs.

The hub is funded by the university and the UK and Scottish governments via the Tay Cities Region Deal.

The university students on its ethical hacking, computing and cyber-security courses will learn directly from industry professionals.

The hub was opened by Scottish government employment minister Richard Lochhead, Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart and university principal Liz Bacon.

Mr Stewart said: “There were more than 400 cyber-attacks in Scotland in 2020-21, and more than a million incidents of computer misuse are reported across the UK each year.

“The launch of the cyberQuarter today further strengthens Abertay’s reputation as the place to come for research and expertise on cyber- security.”

Mr Lochhead said: “The opening of the Abertay cyberQuarter is an important moment for the university, region and sector.

“New opportunities in areas like cyber-security are central to our commitment to deliver economic transformation.”

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