Sheffield Hallam apprentices launch new cyber security centre

9th March 2018

Sheffield Hallam, in partnership with cyber-security experts Satisnet, has opened a new Security Operations Centre (SOC) at the University which will help business defend themselves against cybercrime.

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (5 - 9 March), the fully equipped SOC was opened by Hallam students alongside security experts Satisnet who have helped set up the centre. SOC is where enterprise information systems, such as websites, databases, and networks are monitored, assessed, and defended. This allows students to experience practical cyber-security on a day-to-day basis. The SOC may also be used to demonstrate cyber-security solutions and technologies to external organisations, with SHU degree apprenticeship students. The new SOC facility will be at the University's Cantor Building on Arundel Street. Other students from Hallam's computing courses also attended the launch featuring exhibits demonstrating technologies from games, computer science, software engineering; networking and cyber security to business and computing. On the day, University students were also manning a mobile security 'LabCube' at Hallam Square. The LabCube is a fully equipped, mobile IT forensic laboratory, used by governments, banks, and polices when mobile technology is important. The launch and other events were part of STACK - the University's Department of Computing's annual event to showcase the industry and the developments we have made over the year. STACK is attending by students, technology companies and leaders from the Sheffield City Region. Conor Moss, director of education and employer partnerships, said: "The opening of SOC is a further important step to improve graduate retention in the city region and develop Sheffield as a centre of excellence for digital apprenticeships. "Our partnership with Satisnet and the development of further digital-related apprenticeships further emphasises our commitment to connecting our students with businesses, and helping our region's companies to attract new talent. "STACK is designed to create a unique event that brings the digital business community to the University and celebrates the work of the department of computing."

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