CYBER-security experts from the intelligence services are to attend a conference organised by Scottish students.

Officials from GCHQ will look at the latest security threats at the events staged by Ethical Hacking students at Dundee's Abertay University.

The fourth annual Securi-Tay conference today will bring together 300 delegates from education, industry and law enforcement and is unique in the UK as the only student-led conference of its type.

Sponsors of the event include industry leading security firms NCC Group and Tenable Network Security, as well as GCHQ.

A GCHQ spokesman said: "We are supporting Securi-Tay as part of its academic engagement programme, developed from the National Cyber Security Strategy.

"We see talented graduates and successful university programmes as an essential part of helping secure the UK's cyber defences."

Dom Cashley, President of Abertay Ethical Hacking Society, said: "Over the last few years Securi-Tay has established itself as a key fixture on the information security calendar, attracting companies interesting in speaking and recruiting the best graduates.

"I'm particularly pleased to have the support of major security organisations like GCHQ, NCC Group, Portcullis and Tenable Network Security, showing the extremely high quality of the education right here at Abertay."

The day will feature a number of security challenges, including a hacking challenge from Pentest, a head-to-head programming challenge from GCHQ.

Colin McLean, Programme Tutor and creator of the UK's first Ethical Hacking degree at Abertay, said: "There is high demand for our highly skilled Ethical Hacking graduates, resulting in many securing job offers from major companies well before they complete their studies.

"Information security is a critical part of running a successful business and in safeguarding the UK against cyber terrorists and malicious hackers. It has never been more important to train people in these skills, and the students organising Securi-Tay have once again done a great job attracting internationally renowned speakers and sponsors."