It is our pleasure to invite you to sign up for the upcoming RISCS Community Workshop on the topic of Secure Development Practices Education, which will take place on the 8th December, between 2pm and 5pm GMT (online).

You can register here.

The UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 – 2021 emphasised the importance of making technology secure by design and developing the cyber security skills pipeline. Despite this emphasis, it’s unclear how effective HEIs are at imparting Secure Development Practices knowledge and skills to the thousands that graduate from UK universities each year. 

Such practices entail more than writing code. They encompass the broader design and engineering practices that produce usable and secure software. We already know the transfer of know-how from Secure Development Practice research to practice is slow, but is it equally slow from research to education too? It’s also unclear where in the curricula such knowledge should be embedded, what expertise is needed to deliver and evaluate this knowledge, and — given limited literature in Secure Development Practices education — what Computer Science education challenges we need to overcome. Finally, given the interdisciplinary nature of Cybersecurity, how do we engage and support those delivering social science and humanities programmes to incorporate education around design theories and practices for security.

The objective of this half-day online workshop, which will be run in collaboration with the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), is to bring together a community of researchers, practitioners, and educators broadly in ‘Secure Development Practices education’. The workshop will include the HMG perspective of this topic, a panel with invited speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities in Secure Development Practices education, and breakout groups on different aspects of this theme. Workshop participants will get the chance to network with likeminded collaborators, and take the first steps in growing a UK community in Secure Development Practices education.

When registering, please make sure to answer the required questions about your interest in SDP Education. We will be reviewing the answers and accepting participants based on those. Please note that receiving the Eventbrite ticket is not a confirmation of acceptance, and that we will be in touch with you separately to confirm it in due course.