Capturing the flag for cyber security

Students from the School of Computing and Digital Media competed in a Capture the Flag competition at the National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security.
Date: 19 April 2017

Students from Digital Forensics and Cyber Security BSc took part in this year’s National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security, organised by the Higher Education Academy.

The first part of the two-day event was dedicated to student presentations, posters and competitions, with a team from London Met taking part in a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, which was organised by Cyber Security Challenge UK and chaired by Leeds Beckett University and University of Birmingham.

The team from the School of Computing and Digital Media, which included James Weston, Michael Cleveland, Jack Simpson, Diogo Coito-Gomes, Joshua Dargon and Scott Kimberley, held 3rd position for over 3 hours of the competition, ultimately finishing in sixth position out of 16 teams.

Dr Deepthi Ratnayake, Researcher & Visiting Lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital Media, said: “Being first time competitors, our team's impressive performance was praised by many and also attracted Cyber Security Challenge UK to hold a future CTF event at London Met.

"The Students and I would like to thank Head of Computer Science and Applied Computing, Preeti Patel, for her encouragement and continuous support for our new ventures. We could see us in many future Cyber Security events flying the London Met flag high!”

The National Conference for Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security was established last year to prompt scholarship and innovation, and identify and share best practice for learning and teaching cyber security in higher education.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to learning and teaching practices in cyber security and digital forensics. Students had the chance to actively engage in workshops and talks, and network with many other university academics and students. This opened many opportunities including the sharing of innovative teaching materials, and an invitation to join the Problem Based Learning in Cyber Security workgroup and next year's HEA Cyber Security conference.