Student signs up to cyber-crime role

 A University of Wolverhampton student has been appointed to a national body focused on tackling cyber-crime.

Paul Perry and Tony Proctor

(L-R) Paul Perry with Tony Proctor

Paul Perry, a BSc (Hons) IT Security student at the University, has joined NEXTSEC, a national organisation which aims to bring together young professionals and those new to the cyber security sector in order to boost their future employability prospects.

The University of Wolverhampton is one of the first universities to be associated with the NEXTSEC programme.

Third year student Paul will now attend seminars, briefings and activities in London as part of his new role to network with colleagues and raise awareness about employment opportunities in the cyber security sector.

Tony Proctor, Principal Lecturer at the University’s School of Technology, has worked with NEXTSEC to develop student roles within the group and was delighted to see one of his students integrated into the initiative.

Speaking about Paul Perry’s appointment, Tony said: “A lot of work has gone into developing this opportunity, so it’s really good to have one of our students working directly with some of the future leaders in the cyber security sector.

“In the short-term, NEXTSEC provides an opportunity for our students to be involved in events including presentations and workshops on the latest cyber security threats and to network with some of the rising stars in the field of cyber security. In terms of employability, it will provide a fantastic insight into available opportunities and provide many excellent contacts.”

Alessandro Dasilva, Chairman of NEXTSEC, said: “We are really pleased to have engaged with the University of Wolverhampton and for the University to be providing one of our first student representatives. We were already aware of the work that the University has been doing in the sector with Warning, Advice and Reporting Points.”