Technology training for ex-troops looks to inspire

29th February 2016

A Sheffield Hallam University student is set to host the first ever cyber-security event aimed at helping ex-forces personnel learn new skills, with 1 in 10 homeless people ex-military.

Eliza Austin, a computer security with forensics student at Sheffield Hallam University, has set up Tech for Troops as part of her studies. The event, to be held on 6 March, will see some 60 ex-armed forces personnel learn about the world of ethical hacking and cyber security. Eliza, whose brother serves in the army, explains the idea behind the event: "When I started researching into what happens to people when they leave the armed forces, I was shocked to find how many end up without jobs, or even find themselves homeless - more than 9,000 of Britain's homeless population are ex-military. "The event has grown from expecting 10 or 12 participants to more than 60 now. At Tech for Troops we will teach the participants how to 'hack' a Wi-Fi enabled kettle in record time and hopefully show just how fascinating this subject actually is. "This event is going to be a fun and exciting day and hopefully people will leave having learned something that will stay with them forever. Maybe some of them will commit to a career in cyber security, enrol on a course or go home and embark on a self-taught online course." The event will feature lectures, talks from industry experts and practical demonstrations at Sheffield Hallam's Cantor Building, with the hope of inspiring the guests to explore a profession which they may not have considered. Paul Wheway, principal lecturer in computer systems and networks at the University, said, "When Eliza presented her idea we were all immediately interested and are really happy at how it has developed. There has been some real interest shown from external organisations, and we were looking into the possibility of this becoming an annual event." If you are interested in attending the event, search for 'Tech for Troops' on www.eventbrite.co.uk for tickets and information. For press information: contact Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email tim.ward@shu.ac.uk

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