Shahrzad Zargari, course leader in Computer Security with Forensics at Sheffield Hallam, is leading the University’s involvement in the NEBRC.
Shahrzad comments: “We are really excited to be a part of this pioneering project which has potential not only to increase the resilience of local businesses but also provide students with an opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to use in the real world. It builds on the work our Hallam Forensic Society has been doing with local firms, offering specialist services in relation to cyber security and the skills that they have developed throughout their studies. By combining our skills and expertise in cyber security with the insight and networks of our regional police forces we can help local businesses to protect themselves from cyber-attacks."
Luke Jamieson, Cyber security student, said: “I’m hoping to open my own cyber security consultancy in the future, so I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to start building a network of contacts and give me a head start when I finish university."
Mackenzie Bruso, Cyber Security student, said "having the chance to be part of Curious Frank will allow me to further develop my growing skills in Cyber Security, while also securing and protecting the businesses we will work with. Furthermore, it will provide the experience needed to continue on my journey in this career path. I could not be more grateful for this opportunity at the NEBRC and where it will lead me."
Andrew Heron, Cyber Security student, said "being a part of the NEBRC is an excellent opportunity for myself, and the other students, to help businesses in the North East become more secure as technology and day-to-day business migrate to being online and cloud-based. The Curious Frank services enables us to use the technical skills and knowledge gained in labs and lectures to gather real-life experience and businesses are able to gain information and guidance on how to secure their networks and data".