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Cyber security research and teaching at the OU takes a broad approach which combines human-centred computing and software engineering.
Here are some examples of how this works in practice:
The OU’s free Introduction to cyber security educates people on how to recognise threats that could cause them harm online and the steps they can take to reduce the changes of this becoming a reality.
OU Professors of Computing, Arosha Bandara, Blaine Price and Bashar Nuseibeh are working to make sure that future products and services are designed to respect individual privacy and give individuals the right sorts of controls over how their information is used.
Professor Blaine Price addresses this in his inaugural lecture: Am I normal? Watch a trailer of this below:
The OU’s Software Engineering and Design group won the Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Award 2017 for cyber security for their novel wearable privacy management device, “Privacy Band”.
The device allows users to have real-time awareness of potential privacy threats and control access to their data using intuitive on-body interaction techniques..
Surfing the internet can lead to loss of privacy, money and even identity. Listen to The Trojan Defence: Track 1 by Ian Kennedy, OU Tutor in Digital Forensics (M812), which refers to OU research in Digital Forensics.