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The University's Civic Mission is very important to the cyber security team and as such we engage in a wide variety of outreach and other initiatives, which are designed to raise awareness of cyber security and improve digital skills, as well as to inspire and enthuse children and adults to find out more about careers in cyber security. This ties in with the National Cyber Security's mission to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online, and means we are playing our part in developing a cyber security talent pipeline. 

Some of the activities we have been involved with include:

  • Community and industry based cyber security awareness talks (Techniquest, Women's Insitute, BCS, Government, Academia, Law Enforcement)
  • Digital Competency Framework days for Year 6 & Year 7 pupils
  • Developing a cyber security challenge badge and delivering cyber activity days for Girlguides (including Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers)
  • Developing in-house CyberFirst materials which have been approved by the NCSC
  • Taster days for FE students
  • Technical talks at CyberFirst
  • Close links with Gloucester Cyber Schools Hub (EmPowerCyber event, Year 8 girls events)

In addition, we work closely with our Regional Organised Cyber Crime Unit, Tarian, and in 2018/19 were jointly funded with them by Welsh Government to create the Not2Phish project, a phishing awareness testing and training platform.

Advisory Work / Responsibilities

The staff in the team have a range of additional responsibilities alongside their USW roles:

  • Digital Evidence in the Criminal Justice System (Ministry of Justice) 
  • Digital Forensics Experts Group (Forensic Science Regulator's Group)
  • Welsh Government Cyber Resilience Group
  • BCS South Wales Chair
  • Tarian Cyber Volunteer
  • DCMS / NCSC Cyber Cluster Group