Cyber security added as specialism for Silverstone UTC students

Cyber security added as specialism for Silverstone UTC students

10 August 2021

Silverstone University Technology College (UTC) is developing a new specialism of cyber security for the forthcoming academic year.

The UTC is one of two engineering-based educational establishments at Silverstone Park.

This September it is set to welcome its 2000th student since opening in 2013, as it also adds cyber security as a specialist subject (in addition to science, technology, engineering and maths) following a successful trial week with students earlier this summer.

Under the tuition of an expert from leading cyber security consultancy MASS, 12 UTC youngsters – each also studying computer science – applied their knowledge of coding to hack into the controls of a Nissan Micra car during a work experience week.

As well as taking over the speedometer reading and switching on windscreen wipers, they also managed to work out how to unlock the vehicle using laptops.

“Importantly, this helped raise awareness of the need for skills in cyber security, particularly as more vehicles become autonomous,” commented UTC Principal Neil Patterson.

“Increasingly, cyber security is playing an integral role in all transport sectors whether it be automotive, aerospace, marine, rail or even space, as well as the likes of law enforcement, Defence and the Armed Forces.

“It is one of the big skills of the future and is why we are now developing cyber security as the latest specialism being offered by the UTC.”

He added: “It was wonderful to see our students develop over the work experience week as they learned more about what they can actually do – one said they felt less of a consumer and more of a developer after the experience.

“Listening to them talk about how their knowledge could be applied in multiple industries in a changing labour market was energising.

“I’m really grateful to MASS for the time and effort they’ve put in to giving our students a truly unique opportunity, and I’m hopeful that they may have met some of their future employees.”

Kevin Gladwin, MASS’s Business Development Manager added: “What a great week for the students, to see some practical application to their studies.

“It’s wonderful for MASS to have initiated a relationship with Silverstone UTC, which we hope to progress over the coming months and years.”

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