Hacking threats to ATMs are an ever-present reality and have
prompted establishment of a unique relationship between US self
service hardware manufacturer NCR Corporation and the University of
Abertay (UoA) in Dundee, Scotland.
According to NCR the relationship with UoA has led to development
of the world’s leading corporate-academic alliance devoted to
uncovering and addressing criminal hacking threats posed to
NCR stressed that rather than reacting to threats as they arise,
the security intelligence gained and adopted between itself and the
UoA through an ethical hacking programme is designed to stop
would-be hackers and viruses before crimes occur.
The ethical hacking programme is approved and partially-funded
through the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which has
just awarded the second contract to the joint venture between the
UoA and NCR.
The second contract approved through the KTP will focus on personal
authentication measures required to gain access to ATMs.
“The critical knowledge of illicit access to ATMs is an ongoing and
growing threat to many ATM users,” noted NCR.
NCR’s partnership with the UoA has led to the UoA’s introduction of
an ethical hacking programme offering BSC and MSC degrees in
“The support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership and NCR has
enabled the university to develop world-leading research and
education that have a significant impact on global security,” said
Colin McLean, ethical hacking programme tutor at the UoA’s school
of computing and creative technologies.