Funding the future of cybersecurity

Muhammad Ali Kazmi, a PhD student in the School of Computing and Digital Media, has been awarded a Cisco scholarship to further his research into cybersecurity.

Date: 31 January 2017

The Global Cybersecurity Scholarship programme was introduced by Cisco in 2016 to help increase the number of individuals with critical cybersecurity skills. The company has invested $10 million in scholarship funding to address the current security skills gap. 

Muhammad was one of 10,000 successful applicants selected from over 50,000 global entries. 

Muhammad said: “Being a PhD student at London Met is a life changing experience. It is not just broadening your knowledge and utilising the learning opportunities around you, but it is also building your future career. 

“The Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship is a great opportunity for me to expand my research and future career as my PhD is directly focused on cybersecurity. I would like to thank to my supervisor Professor Hassan Kazemian for his support and guidance throughout my research.” 

Muhammad’s current research focuses on the development of faster penetration testing techniques so that vulnerabilities in network security can be more quickly identified. 

The CISCO scholarship program offers free training, mentoring, and testing designed to help awardees achieve a CCNA Cyber Ops certification and the skills needed for the job role of security operations centre analyst. The new CCNA Cyber Ops certification has been designed to provide the job-ready knowledge needed to meet current and future challenges in network security. 

London Met was established as a Cisco Academy Training Centre in 1998, before later becoming a Super Regional Academy, within the former University of North London's School of Communications Technology and Mathematical Sciences (now the Communications Technology Cluster within the School of Computing). In 2016 the University was formally recognised by Cisco for providing the best delivery of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum in Europe.