Welcome to Room 40 Dining Club
The Room 40 Dining Club is a prestigious event bringing cybersecurity student, academics and business together.
Once a term leading cybersecurity companies partner with the university to host a dinner for the students undertaking the MSc in Cybersecurity. At the event the attendees here from a senior executive from the partnering company on a range of topics from the cybersecurity industry. These topics cover everything from diversity, professional experience and careers advice and thought leadership. Further, companies bring along a range of employees at all levels so that students can hear first hand what it is like to work in the sector, from frontline developer and engineers, through management all the way to the executive level.
The event provides a rich and vibrant experience to help them understand what their future might be and how to get there, alongside networking with key industrial figures.
The origins of "Room 40"
The Room 40 Dining Club is named after the original name for NID25 which was the cryptanalysis section of the British Admiralty during the First World War. It was responsible for the signals intelligence (SIGINT) for the Admiralty and it has been estimated that, during the war, Room 40 decrypted around 15,000 intercepted German communications. At around the same time a similar organisation had started in the War Office which later became known as Military Intelligence 1b (MI1b).
Following the War these two organisations were merged to become the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS). During the Second World War GC&CS played a significant role in SIGINT activities, providing vital intelligence to the allies during the conflict. In June 1946, GC&CS was renamed the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). These events are therefore named after a key starting point for the develop GCHQ, reflecting that for many of our students our MSc is the starting point for their future cybersecurity careers.