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Sheffield Hallam apprentices launch new cyber security centre

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Sheffield Hallam, in partnership with cyber-security experts Satisnet, has opened a new Security Operations Centre (SOC) at the University which will help business defend themselves against cybercrime.

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (5 - 9 March), the fully equipped SOC was opened by Hallam students alongside security experts Satisnet who have helped set up and co-ordinate the centre.

Alongside the SOC will run CyberKombat - a multi-user, multi-machine, multi-lab, cloud-based training environment aimed at real world  security techniques. This platform runs tools from leading security companies such as IBM as well as new, innovative detection and protection technologies. Training will have the added value of real world labs generating real-life attack and defence scenarios. This allows students to experience practical cyber-security on a day-to-day basis. The SOC may also be used to demonstrate cyber-security solutions and technologies to external organisations, with SHU degree apprenticeship students - giving further hands-on experience.

The new SOC facility will be at the University's Cantor Building on Arundel Street. Other students from Hallam's computing courses also attended the launch featuring exhibits demonstrating technologies from games, computer science, software engineering; networking and cyber security to business and computing.

On the day, University students were also manning a mobile security 'LabCube' at Hallam Square. The LabCube is a fully equipped, mobile IT forensic laboratory, used by governments, banks, and polices when mobile technology is important. 

The launch and other events were part of STACK - the University's Department of Computing's annual event to showcase the industry and the developments we have made over the year. STACK is attending by students, technology companies and leaders from the Sheffield City Region.

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Conor Moss, director of education and employer partnerships, said: "The opening of SOC is a further important step to improve graduate retention in the city region and develop Sheffield as a centre of excellence for digital apprenticeships.

"Our partnership with Satisnet and the development of further digital-related apprenticeships further emphasises our commitment to connecting our students with businesses, and helping our region's companies to attract new talent.

"STACK is designed to create a unique event that brings the digital business community to the University and celebrates the work of the department of computing."

Satisnet’s Director, John McCann, said: “These initiatives are at the forefront of cyber security training and innovation. Our joint mission being to work with organisations in the SOC and Cyber Training space to optimise people, processes and tooling.”

To find out more about Satisnet, please visit their website

For press information: Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5220 or email