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GCU Cyber SecurityStudents at Glasgow Caledonian University recently launched the first student-led Cyber Security Clinic in the country.


The Clinic will enable students to share their expertise with the public, offering demonstrations on keeping personal data safe and answering queries.


GCU’s Head of Cyber Security Dr Jackie Riley says “We know the use of online devices is predicted to increase five-fold by 2025, and with that inevitably comes increased risk and vulnerability.


“We need to make cyber security part of everyday life and our students are an untapped source of knowledge.


“The Cyber Security Clinic will enable them to speak to people directly, finding out what their concerns are and give them the right advice.


“It’s the first time this student-led approach has been used to provide free Cyber Security advice for the public, and it benefits our students by helping them apply their knowledge and develop their own communication skills.”


Third year Cyber Security student Maria Khokar, who is also President of the University’s Ethical Hacking Society, said “We’re going to be speaking to people about using the apps on their phone, about the information they are giving out on social media, and about browsing online with confidence.


“We’ll be able to show people how to get the best out of all these services and be better informed about their online safety, as well as their children, friends and family.”




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A group of students launched GCU’s first ever Cyber Security Clinic today – a service that they hope will help people manage their online profile more securely.

The clinic is being ran by volunteers and will offer support to the public relating to online security such as how to better protect yourself online and those around you from security related issues.

The resource will operate as a drop-in service based on campus, encouraging members of the public to visit the clinic for any queries that they may have regarding cyber security.

President of the Ethical Hacking Society and founder of the clinic Maria Khokhar explained that the society is hoping to be a helpful resource for the general public. She said “Last year Jackie Riley and I discussed the idea of a Cyber clinic, and this year it has been all hands on deck.

The next step was getting volunteers and training them. Jackie sent out a mass email to Cyber security and networking students and luckily we had a lot of interest – so much in fact that I had to add another training session.

By participating in Cyber clinic, not only are students gaining great work experience, but it can also go towards the Common Good Award.

I’m incredibly excited to see our creation come to life. Not only is it great opportunity for students to develop their soft and technical skills, but it is a great resource for the public.”

The clinic will officially launch with a drop-in service at a pop up stall in Glasgow Central Station on the 23rd of April from 10-2pm.

By Rachael McAlonan