KnowBe4 University Challenge – Computer Security Guru

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training platform, has announced that it is spearheading an initiative among UK universities which invites students interested in media/comms or cybersecurity to work collaboratively to produce a security awareness video that addresses one of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) themes. Supported and judged by a working group of esteemed professors from universities in England, Scotland and Wales, the winning entry will be presented at KnowBe4’s annual conference, KB4-CON, and participants will compete cash prizes, internships and work experience.

The aim is to bring together students from different academic backgrounds, combining communication, creativity and cybersecurity skills to help SMEs and critical industries deal with cybersecurity risks.

“Creating a good security culture and practices requires different communication and messaging to reach all sectors of the economy,” said Javvad Malik, Principal Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4. “Linking communication skills, creativity and good technical know-how in cyber-knowledge will spark new ideas and provide innovative experiences that develop collaborative project skills. It’s an exercise that can be carried forward into students’ careers and shed light on real industry challenges and strategies moving forward.

In teams of up to four made up of students with an interest in media/communications and IT/cybersecurity (note: it does not have to be these degrees specifically), students will work together to first identify a threat to business. on one of the themes of this year’s Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month. They will need to conduct industry interviews and talk to organizations about their security awareness programs, types of social engineering, phishing, or other cybersecurity threats they face. They will also need to take into account industry trends such as the growth of incidents involving small and medium-sized businesses. Using the information gathered, they will work together to create a video of up to three minutes to convey the problem through storytelling, demonstrate the scale of the problem, and provide lessons on how to overcome it.

“Education and people are key to creating a trusted digital world. Currently, some estimate that over 95% of cyber breaches are due to human error, so I couldn’t think of a brighter way. to address this problem than to inspire diverse students to brainstorm and converge their new ideas, creativity and communication skills to produce new inspirational video messages for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022,” said the Professor Lisa Short, Global Technology Influencer and Founder of Areté Business Performance “It’s just amazing to see the collaboration encouraged between universities, students and businesses to produce a truly significant impact to reduce digital harm and cyber -risks. It also highlights the diverse nature of employment and work in cybersecurity and new opportunities for talent pathways. At Yvonne’s request at Eskenzi PR, I had the best team sorted and ready to help.

Danny Dresner, professor of cybersecurity at the University of Manchester, added: “I like this concept of getting out of IT and having scientists work with arts and business students. Cybersecurity best practices will only be achieved if they are owned by business leaders, colleagues and peers…and let’s not forget to convey key cybersecurity messages to the wider community; so many people can be easily misled and get lost in the cyber landscape! »

The challenge is being launched in accordance with Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month and final entries will be judged in January 2023. Visit the website for all the latest updates:

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