Time to rethink your studying and your CPD…
It is is not an overstatement that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the planet unprepared to deal with the extent of a problem that most of us wanted to believe would never take place.
It is however in our nature to be resilient and to make sure that we adapt to new realities. And no more than any other reality is the one of “staying home”.
Working for home was not something new to me. I had been self employed for more than 10 years and my my work at The Cyber Academy, at Edinburgh Napier University, involved a certain amount of time of working from home. But as I stay home all day, with no commuting and no time wasted outside, I realised that I had a lot more time in my hands. And this for me presented an opportunity: to catch up with some of my reading and certifications I wanted to go through.
But at work, at The Cyber Academy, the lockdown of the labs and university buildings meant we had to move some of our activities online. And to this end we started moving our training online. Some of the courses are of course more challenging to deliver online than others, but we are resourceful and resilient people and we are getting there.
We had already scheduled some classes all the way to the end of the summer, that we were going to deliver in our SOCLAB, at our Merchiston Campus. The new challenges created actually an opportunity: to be able to deliver training around the world. As a university, Napier, and especially the School of Computing has been delivering distance learning courses with outstanding success. One of the best examples will have to be our MSc Advanced Security & Digital Forensics, one of the first four to be accredited by the GCHQ, and recipient of Best Educational Programme (2019) at the Scottish Cyber Awards. Lead by Richard Macfarlane and the contribution of some of the best academics in Cyber Security, the course has become an international success.
Building on that legacy and experience, The Cyber Academy is now offering its first online courses to the public. Actually this has not been the first time we are doing that. The Cyber Academy has delivered online training to employees of The Scottish Government in the past, especially those in remote locations or those who could not physically attend our training in Incident Response.
Our online courses will offer the attendees the opportunity to upgrade their skills in several cyber security related subjects, increase awareness and help the protection of sensitive data and infrastructure of individuals, businesses or other organizations.
One of the major concerns in planning our training was to develop a set of courses that would cater to different audiences with different roles and skillsets.
We are now proud to announce that we are launching a new series of courses under the Cyber & Data umbrella. These courses are designed to bridge an existing gap in the industry. We have partnered with Satisnet, a business that has been working closely with the School of Computing, in our Graduate Apprenticeship scheme and a very successful KTP.
The first offer of our courses include a selection that will be delivered by Prof Bill Buchanan, OBE , the Director of The Cyber Academy, and the first recipient of The Cyber Evangelist of the year at the Scottish Cyber Awards, among his many other academic and professional recognitions.
The first of these courses include:
- Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) using Python (1 day course)
- SPLUNK Analytics & Visualisation (1 day course)
- Cybersecurity and Machine Learning (1 day course)
More courses will be introduced , in cyber security and blockchain in the next month.
In addition, our Certificate of Awareness in Cyber Incident Response (2 day course) delivered by myself, is already on offer on April and May.
Soon we shall be announcing the days of more courses. Satisnet will be delivering courses in Threat Hunting, Security Analysis and Visualisation with Elastic, Tenable and Vulnerability Management.
There will be free offerings to The Cyber Academy supporters and sponsors, and funded places (where relevant) for Scottish Government employees.
To find out more about each course and to register, please click here and visit our Eventbrite page or contact me directly.