In the school holidays, the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide hosted a Summer Holiday Program about CyberSecurity for high school students from the 12th to the 16th of January. A total of 16 year 11 and 12 students were selected to participate in the program, over a week at the North Terrace campus.
The event was organised by our School of Computer Science lecturer and researcher, Yuval Yarom who has expertise in computer network security along with the ECMS Faculty’s Regional Engagement and Participation Officer, Justine Robins. The program was supported by a team of our enthusiastic computer science student volunteers who assisted students in the learning activities and presented workshop tutorials.
In the program’s workshops, students learned about various topics in CyberSecurity, such as about passwords, computer networks and online information and privacy concerns. They were asked to tackle a number of activities and CyberSecurity challenges – which Yuval said they did amazingly well at! So well, in fact, that the team were having to find more difficult challenges for the students to complete! The room was buzzing during workshop activities and we hope that the students have walked away with a better understanding about online computer security as well as a greater awareness about study, careers and research in the field of CyberSecurity. Cyber security is just one of the many exciting and interesting topics within computing degrees that you can choose to specialise in and it’s great that we have been able to share this with high school students.
Congratulations to all the students who took time out of their holidays to come and join the School of Computer Science to learn about computer security and complete the 2015 CyberSecurity Summer Program. Well done to Yuval, Justine and the awesome computer science volunteers who put on such a fantastic event for the students.
If you would like to find out more about what CyberSecurity and the topics that the Defence Information Group (DIG) research and develop at the University of Adelaide, visit their webpage here. If you are a school teacher interested in learning about more events like this or would be interested in more information about University-School collaborations, please get in touch with Justine Robins.
The next upcoming events where you can learn more about what we do here at the School of Computer Science as well as many other discipline areas across the University of Adelaide will be Open Day 2015. A date is yet to be set but this event is usually held in August. Keep an eye out on our University events page!