CyberGaTE addresses skills gap to prevent attacks


The Department of Computer Science is helping to improve cyber-security training in a bid to prevent devastating cyber attacks, like the ransomeware attack on the NHS in 2017 which brought chaos to nearly 50 Trusts and services across the UK.

Recent studies have found that new graduates often don’t possess the ability to apply their skills to real-world scenarios as employers demand. An Edge Hill team, led by Dr Chitra Balakrishna, has developed an innovative learning resource to address these issues that allows students to gain real-world experience of cyber-attacks.

Hosted on a computing cloud known as the Gamified Training Environment for Cyber-Security, or CyberGaTE, the training programme uses gaming techniques, such as storytelling and role-play, allowing students to experience and learn from real-life security incidents, building their skills and making them more employable.

“The virtual training ground offers the real-world experience/training required to make the students employable. In addition, the gamification of learning resources is aimed at enhancing learner engagement as well as transferring the technical applied skills through the practical tasks.”

Dr Chitra Balakrishna, Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Computing (Network Security & Forensics),  Edge Hill University.