Deloitte supports cyber security MSc programme at DMU

17 December 2015

The threat to companies from cyber-crime is on the increase. To help combat this hazard, Deloitte, Airbus, BT and Rolls-Royce will provide their expertise to students of the newly developed cyber security MSc from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), which aims to develop holistic approaches to cyber security. The different firms supporting the programme will provide guest lectures and module expertise, as well as give students the opportunity to take up firm placements.

Cyber security breaches continue to cause UK organisations a pounding headache. Nine in ten (90%) large organisations and 74% of small organisations are affected, recent research by PwC finds. The average cost has also been increasing year on year. The cost of breaches to large organisations now range from just under £1.5 million to £3.14 million, while for small organisations the range starts at £75,200 and goes up to around £310,800. Hacks and infiltration have become common place and several large organisations have lost considerable numbers of their records on customers, including among others, the 37 million records stolen from AshleyMadison, 76 million records stolen from JP Morgan Chase, and 145 million customer records copied from eBay’s database. 

Cyber threats are on the rise

Tackling the issue has risen in priority at more and more organisations and boardroom agendas are increasingly taking issue seriously, while different techniques, such as more active defence strategies are begin advised. Consulting firms have been quick to see the value in providing cyber security propositions to clients, buying up various specialised firms, launching centres and going into partnerships. Examples include IBM’s partnership with AT&T to provide mobile cloud solutions, Capgemini’s launch of a cyber-security centre in Wales, PwC’s partnership with US-based cyber security firm Tanium and Skyhigh Networks, Aon’s engagement with the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative to tackle cyber-crime, and EY’s deal with Mycroft. 

The UK government, recognising the need to protect its own networks as well as those within the community, recently announced it would double the spend on cyber security to a total of £1.9 billion over the period to 2020. One of the issues highlighted however, is that the skills side of cyber security remains an issue. Many organisations lack the skills to defend their boundaries from infringement. In a bid to increase the skills required for the development of state-of-the-art network defences, industry giants Deloitte, Airbus Group, BT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to provide their expertise to students of a newly developed Cyber Security MSc from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

Deloitte, Airbus, BT and Rolls-Royce support DMU

Cyber Security MSc
The new MSc programme will provide students with a holistic approach to cyber security, including cyber security, software engineering, digital forensics and management. The programme will be run at the University’s Cyber Security and Software Technology Research Laboratories, equipped with high-tech, specially customised PCs and control system equipment. The aim will be to provide students will the understanding required to protect all aspect of the cyber domain, “from protecting the computers that control our buildings to the infrastructure that controls our power stations and water supplies.”

The support provided by the firms includes giving guest lecture and helping to deliver modules. Given the rapidly changing security environment, staff from the various firms will also meet with the staff of the Cyber Security Centre at DMU to keep the curriculum up to date and students one step ahead of cyber criminals. Students may also be provided with the opportunity to take up placements at the firms involved.

Helge Janicke, DMU

Helge Janicke, Head of the Cyber Security Centre at DMU, says: “The importance of evolving security techniques and skills is ever more vital in today’s interconnected world. Cyber security is a booming industry with a huge demand for our highly trained graduates. At DMU have produced what we believe to be the best cyber security MSc course available anywhere. It has been designed and is being delivered in conjunction with some of the biggest firms in the world.” He adds that, “Their expertise and on-going support will give students an unmatched grounding in the latest techniques and skills needed, while also giving them a complete social, ethical and legal knowledge context, positioning them as ideal candidates to begin successful careers in a growing industry.”


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”