Cyber Security & Networks student Kyle Williamson was nominated for the SBRC Student Community Champion Award
Fourth year student Kyle attended the virtual award ceremony after being recognised for his work in developing a project to help students stay safe online
Kyle is developing a cyber-security awareness website as part of his Honours Project, which is set to be shared by the University once it has been submitted. The prototype is being designed to educate students about how to stay safe against cyber-attacks.
With cyber security breaches being a prominent issue in the current times, GCU has decided to use Kyle’s project and share it with students once it has been completed.
“After reading through some of the suggested topics we had been provided, I decided that these were not of interest to me. I began brainstorming a few topics and looking through some of the topics we touched upon in previous classes. It was then I came across social engineering attacks which we had looked at before within our ethical hacking class.
After reading into it more and looking at a few studies carried out by other researchers it was evident that students were now at high risk and something had to be done. I wanted to do my part, so I decided this was the topic for me.”
“Once my project supervisor (Dr Jackie Riley) had seen the website prototype I had created for educating students on social engineering, she proposed the idea of possibly pushing this out to a larger scale of students. She explained how this could be something looked into once the project is complete as it would only be beneficial to the University and its students.”
Kyle believes that it’s a crucial time for students, especially in relation to online safety.
“[…] For this reason, it is more important than ever that the necessary actions are taken to keep students and their online data protected from malicious attackers, as they will see this as a great opportunity to exploit any sign of weakness and vulnerability from online users.”
Kyle was very pleased knowing that his university wanted to share his work. He said:
“[…] Hopefully, it can educate and broaden the awareness of social engineering to students, and in doing so reduce the amount of successful social engineering attacks. Even if it just helps educate one person about online safety, then that’s one step closer to eliminating cyber-crime.”
You can be a part of Kyle’s study by filling out his online website test.
Article extract from GCU Student News
GCU – BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks Info:
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