BU students took an active role in the fight against cybercrime over the weekend.
A number of students volunteered to work in hospitals helping with valuable IT knowledge to combat systems affected by the recent ransomware attack.
BU has nearly 500 hundred students studying cyber security.
Dr Christopher Richardson, head of Bournemouth University’s Cyber Security Unit said:
“We’re doing very well as an institution producing a much-needed skill set in the UK market. Over this weekend, a number of students working with various companies have had an opportunity to put their technical knowledge out there.”
The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack has been underway since Friday affecting over 200,000 organisations in 150 countries. Forty seven NHS Trusts have been affected in the UK with some patients having operations cancelled and others being unable to attend A&E.
Dr Richardson said: “It makes a very good case study for students. We can go in and say ‘what is it you would do to put this right?’ Then we can start looking at what could have been done; when would you have taken action?”
Dr Richardson also noted that a number of students saw the emergency as a social issue and volunteered to help even when it was not part of their job specification.