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Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Summer School

As our world becomes more connected, our reliance on technology grows and the opportunity for cybercriminals to attack us increases.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

To reduce the risk of cyber threats, we require analytical, innovative experts with a complex understanding of how to prevent them at the design, implementation and operation stages.

This course is a valuable insight into our MSc Cybersecurity and MSc Artificial Intelligence programmes.

Our Summer School will examine security in cutting-edge application areas such as:

  • the Internet of Things, smart cities, industrial control and financial services
  • secure application development
  • network security
  • malware analysis
  • security operations
  • digital forensics
  • risk management in online business.

While no programming expertise is required, you should understand computer architecture, network systems and mathematical techniques. Familiarity with Python/Java is ideal, though we can provide preparation material prior to the course if needed.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
 Social event
 Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
 Lecture: Security techniques 
 
Practical session: Network tools

Problem-solving informal assessment
 Lecture: Security forensics 
 
Practical session: Practical tools on forensics

Use of forensic techniques 

Forensics case study and presentations (in groups)
 Lecture: Malware and social media 
 
Lecture: Using the Twitter API

Laboratory session: Using Twitter
 Lecture: Cloud and Edge security

Case study: Cloud security

Industrial visit
 Field trips and free time
 Field trips and free time
 Lecture: Security analytics 1 
 
Lecture: Security analytics 2 

Laboratory session
 Lecture: Generating attack patterns 

Industrial visit

Lecture: Markov analysis for security 

Laboratory session
  
 Lecture x 2: Impact of security on business continuity
 
Group project
 Lecture: Security of Internet of Things (IoT) 

Lecture: Security of IoT 
 
Laboratory session
 Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
 Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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