The path less travelled

by Stephen Murphy, Academic Lead – Linux Professional Institute Academy.

Why changing priorities and straying from the beaten path could help reduce the risk of cyber-attack…

I am sure that you’ve noticed that the NHS (along with a large number of other worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx) has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that disabled computers using the Windows XP operating system. The attack encrypted a user’s files, making them inaccessible unless a ‘ransom’ was paid to the attackers.  People have pointed the finger at out-of-date operating systems, lack of funding and poor security procedures, but are these really the underlying issues, or only failures in diagnosing a more fundamental malady in global computing?

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What can we learn from the NHS cyber-attack?

by Ron Austin, Associate Professor for MSc Data Networks and Security.

The news over the last two or three days has been full of information and some speculation about the attack on the NHS networking and PC systems. The attack has spread quickly and affected more than just the NHS. It’s become apparent that it is not targeted at the NHS. I do, however, believe it raises key issues about computer security and cyber hygiene.

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My Placement at Cisco Systems

by Daniel Alder, BSc Computer Networking student.

In current society, some may argue that there’s an ever-increasing pressure on students to pursue a university degree. This escalates the number of students with degrees – saturating the market and leading to a more competitive environment for graduate jobs. Students must then enhance their CV to stand out, whether through carrying out extra-curricular activities, volunteering or completing industry certifications. However, a great way to stand out from the crowd and increase your graduate employability is to take a placement year in industry.

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Juniper JNCIA-Junos Boot Camp

by William Holmes, BSc Computer Networks student.

I attended a four-day intense Juniper Boot Camp, led by Ron Austin and Phil Harris, lecturers at Birmingham City University during the Graduate+ Week this month. The Boot Camp delivered all the knowledge needed to take the entry-level JNCIA certificate, which Juniper offers. Juniper is a world-leading provider of network solutions. The Boot Camp featured nine lectures and four labs in three days for 60 students, with an exam on the fourth day.

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