Bringing the world's best hackers together for a unique annual event since 2008.

HackFu: competing with the best

We originally conceived HackFu as an internal training event but have now dramatically expanded its scope to welcome a wide variety of experts from across the industry, all dedicated to closing the cyber security skills gap.

HackFu now provides a cyber security event filled with challenges that explore hacking, scripting, tinkering, lock-picking, crypto, and generally thinking outside the box.

It is hosted in a secret, yet highly-theatrical environment that throws security professionals and enthusiasts together in an immersive scenario, featuring a real time storyline that plays out over the course of two days.


Who goes to HackFu?

Every year we select a diverse bunch of individuals from all over the world, ranging from university graduates to seasoned InfoSec professionals.

We then split them into teams with a mix of skills and experience. Each team includes MWR employees from our offices across the globe, members of the company’s intern schemes as well as other InfoSec professionals from the UK and abroad.


"The aim of HackFu is to test and improve current cyber security and teamworking skills, allow exploration into technical areas outside an individual’s comfort zone and inspire participant teams to come up with creative solutions to difficult problems. Over the long term, this aims to cultivate individuals with the right attitude and technical approach to solve the complex issues that face the cyber security industry."

Martyn Ruks, Technical Director MWR


Why did we create it?

HackFu: an extraordinary event for a demanding world

Our industry needs the type of challenges offered by HackFu to develop the skillsets required by the modern security professional, based on three essential strengths:
- Experience and knowledge drawn from the widest possible pool of influences.
- Ability to use creativity and problem-solving skills rather than just learned knowledge and techniques.
- A genuine passion for the peculiar challenges involved in our work.

This is why we make HackFu fun and engaging and throw it open to all with the knowledge and abilities to compete.

HackFu only happens once a year but its global reach and ability to create deeper understanding of cyber security issues has effects that ripple out across our industry.

Read more on the HackFu microsite hackfu.mwrinfosecurity.com

Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.