Glasgow Caledonian University opens industry-standard Security Operations Centre for students

The launch of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Security Operations Centre (SOC) for students marks a sequence of new partnerships to ensure that the next generation of security experts have the skills and experience required in today’s evolving cyberthreat landscape.

October 24, 2019 — By partnering with data centre and cloud services provider Proact, and security intelligence company LogRhythm, the University has introduced the latest software and services so students can gain critical training by mimicking a real-world environment. The SOC offers a ‘safe’ environment for students to tackle cyber-attacks of all shapes and sizes.

Jackie Riley, Head of Department for Cyber Security and Networks in the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), says: “The value of the new SOC is that it takes education beyond the classroom. Students can experience real-life scenarios to increase their understanding of security situations, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively.”

The SOC officially opened on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 at a launch event which saw all partners discuss the latest trends and developments in the cybersecurity world. The opening coincides with the Scottish Government’s initiatives to drive digital transformation, where businesses of all kinds are encouraged to leverage digital services. Access to security skills will play a key part in every company’s innovation plans.

Wayne Barraclough, Chief Security Officer at Proact in the United Kingdom, says: “We’ve seen first-hand how the training at GCU prepares students for careers in cybersecurity. We’ve employed a number of graduates from their ranks and are proud to contribute to a new generation of cybersecurity talent.

“The SOC will offer a great opportunity to simulate the demands and complexities we experience as part of our day-to-day delivery of security services. It not only brings together industry-leading technology and software, like we operate in our SOC, but allows us to share our knowledge to help students develop for the industry.”

Jonathan Zulberg, Director of Sales Engineering at LogRhythm, EMEA, says: “We see this as an investment in the future of cybersecurity. LogRhythm empowers organisations to improve the maturity of their security for faster threat detection and response, which is achievable with a combination of the right technology, processes and people. With access to our award-winning NextGen SIEM platform, students at GCU can develop much needed skills for our industry by learning how to uncover critical threats and minimise risk.”

For more information:

Phil Taylor, Head of Communications, Glasgow Caledonian University, 0141 273 1673, phil.taylor@gcu.ac.uk

Jamie Waddell, PR, LogRhythm, LogRhythm@finnpartners.com

Ben Walker, Marketing Manager, Proact IT UK, bwalker@proact.co.uk

About Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.

About Proact
Proact is Europe’s leading independent data centre and cloud services provider. By delivering flexible, accessible and secure IT solutions and services, we help companies and authorities reduce risk and costs, whilst increasing agility, productivity and efficiency. We’ve completed over 5,000 successful projects around the world, have more than 3,500 customers and currently manage in excess of 100 petabytes of information in the cloud. We employ over 800 people in 15 countries across Europe and North America. Founded in 1994, our parent company, Proact IT Group AB (publ), listed on Nasdaq Stockholm in 1999 (under the symbol PACT). For further information about Proact’s activities please visit us at www.proact.eu

About LogRhythm

LogRhythm is a world leader in NextGen SIEM, empowering thousands of enterprises on six continents to successfully reduce cyber and operational risk by rapidly detecting, responding to and neutralizing damaging cyberthreats. The LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform combines advanced security analytics; user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA); network detection and response (NDR); and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) in a single end-to-end solution. LogRhythm’s technology serves as the foundation for the world’s most modern enterprise security operations centers (SOCs), helping customers measurably secure their cloud, physical, and virtual infrastructures for both IT and OT environments. Built for security professionals by security professionals, the LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform has won countless customer and industry accolades. For more information, visit logrhythm.com.