At Invicti, we want to be a pillar of the local community, wherever that may be. Our local teams feel motivated to give back to communities and embark on initiatives that help us achieve this goal. We also strongly believe that the next generation of bright young minds is the future of cybersecurity, especially in light of the ever-growing cybersecurity skills gap. All of this led to a group of volunteers from Invicti’s Malta office creating and running the Cybersecurity Roadshow.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
The Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST) is a public school known for its progressive and hands-on approach to teaching. Its student programs are very diversified and aim to help future graduates flourish in the job market. The MCAST Institute of Information and Communication Technology offers both degree and Bachelor of Science (Honours) programs, for example, Computer Systems and Networks as well as Software Development.
In addition to providing courses such as ITNET-506-1806 Network Security and ITSFT-506-2012 Securing Applications, MCAST has passionate educators who create opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. One of these initiatives is Hackspace, led by two speakers: Robert Abela and Christopher Farrugia. Through Hackspace, students can deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity and pursue their passions.
The first Cybersecurity Roadshow event
Together with Robert Abela and Chris Farrugia as well as the eSkills Malta Foundation, the local Invicti team led by Mary Downing, our Operations Program Manager, have prepared a three hour event for all MCAST students interested in learning more about web application security and the future. career opportunities in this field. While around 30 students initially registered, the turnout exceeded our expectations – 45 students, mostly second-year students, decided to take time off from other classes and listen to what was Invicti had to say.
The event, which took place on October 24, 2022, included several dynamic activities. After presentations by Carm Cachia, Chief Administrator of the eSkills Malta Foundation, and Conrad Vassallo, Director of the MCAST Institute of ICT, Mary Downing headlined an icebreaker where students had to team up and build the most tall tower with spaghetti sticks, marshmallows, and duct tape. This was followed by a short talk by Tomasz Andrzej Nidecki, Senior Cybersecurity Writer and lead author of Invicti Learn, who introduced the basics of web application security and presented a practical scenario to show what can happen when applications are hacked, talking about the role of the server-side request forgery vulnerability in the Capital One attack in 2019.
After a short break, an expert roundtable took place, during which Invicti representatives shared their thoughts on the future of web application security, the main issues facing the industry and the career opportunities. The panel was led by Oksana Pure, our Senior Marketing Manager, and included Robert Abela from MCAST as well as the Invicti team: Karl Gonzi – General Manager Malta, Nicholas Sciberras – Principal Product Manager, Katherine Attard – Apprentice Engineer (and student MCAST), and Tomasz Andrzej Nidecki.
The event ended with a 15-minute cybersecurity quiz prepared by Tomasz, which turned out to be quite a challenge. Nevertheless, the winning team prevailed, obtaining 24 points out of a possible 30. After the quiz, attendees were encouraged to mingle with the panelists and ask questions, with several students going directly to Nicholas Sciberras to discuss potential thesis topics.
Cybersecurity in Malta – the future
“I am proud and hopeful for the next generation,” said Nicholas Sciberras. “They have brilliant minds, and many of them show a passion for cybersecurity. I really enjoy helping them choose interesting dissertation topics and hope they will show interest in learning with us in the future, just like our invaluable Katherine Attard, who has already made a huge difference in the company.
“We would love to make Malta the cybersecurity center of Europe,” explained Karl Gonzi. “Not only do we have a lot of local talent, but our island has also been a technology hub for many years, with industries such as blockchain and iGaming being among the main underpinnings of our economy. We look forward to working with private and public sector stakeholders to help make this a reality. »
The Cybersecurity Roadshow team is working on other events in the future, possibly traveling to other educational institutions on the island and planning events to promote child safety in the digital world. Stay tuned for more!
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*** This is a syndicated blog from Invicti’s Security Bloggers Network written by Kellie Vugrincic. Read the original post at: https://www.invicti.com/blog/news/invicti-malta-cybersecurity-roadshow-2022-mcast/