UK’s largest student-led cybersecurity conference opens

More than 350 people are expected to gather at Abertay University university today for the UK’s largest student-led cybersecurity conference.

Securi-Tay, which is organised by the Abertay Students Association’s Ethical Hacking Society, will feature talks from representatives of Capital One, MWR, and Synopsys, as well as students.

This year’s opening speaker is Nick Murison, Head of Software Security Services for Nordics and BeNeLux within Synopsys’ Software Integrity Group, while the closing talk will come from Abertay alum Michael Jack.

The event takes place after the announcement last autumn that Abertay will lead a £11.7m cybersecurity centre as part of the Tay Cities Deal.

James McGoldrick, president of the Abertay Ethical Hacking Society, said: “Securi-Tay is the culmination of a year of hard work, and we’re grateful to our sponsors and Abertay Students Association for the support they’ve given us along the way.

“I’m also grateful to our ethical hacking lecturers. Simply put, if it wasn’t for the course we wouldn’t be here organising this conference. 

“Whether you have high level knowledge or you’re a complete beginner, this year’s conference should be exciting.”

Elley Petrie, chief executive officer of Abertay Students Association added: “Year after year Securi-Tay continues to grow, and that’s a real testament to our students.

“It’s not just a local, or even a national conference. People travel from across the world just to attend. It’s absolutely amazing.”

Welcome events will take place for delegates before the conference gets underway, and an after-party will also be held.

Pictured:Ethical Hacking Society president James McGoldrick, Abertay Student Association Chief Executive Officer Elley Petrie, and Ethical Hacking Society Vice-President Ross Donald.