MWR To Hold Charity Cyber Security Challenge Day

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MWR InfoSecurity invites you to a Cyber Security Challenge on 27 September to raise money for charity and to celebrate The Lord Mayor's City Giving Day.

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The all-day event, based on MWR's popular Capture The Flag challenges, is designed to highlight solutions to the current cyber security skills gap and encourage engagement with this exciting industry. Participants, divided into teams, will compete to solve technical challenges and logical puzzles designed to help them practice and widen their problem solving and security skills. The challenges that will be used have been proven successful in achieving the objectives around skills development in previous events run by MWR and will exercise the participants in the following areas:

  • Technical cyber security skills (including Windows, UNIX, Mobile)
  • Investigation skills (including Cyber Incident Response, forensics)
  • Coding and scripting skills
  • Problem solving (including lateral thinking, planning)
  • Translation between physical and cyber domains
  • Collaboration, teamwork and leadership

To enable participation by those not already working within the cyber security industry, MWR’s trainers will also run informal “lightning training sessions” throughout the day, offering an introduction to different core topics/tools to help participants fill the gaps in their knowledge and get the most out of the day.

On the day

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Kindly supporting MWR’s City Giving Day efforts, J.P. Morgan will be hosting the event on Tuesday 27 September. Further details on location and venue will be sent out to attendees once registered.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


You only need to bring your laptops to be able to access the challenges. We recommend you do not use your corporate units for this event - in order to use hacking tools effectively, you may need administrative access to your machine and the ability to install new software as required. We recommend participants have a working copy of Kali Linux, as this contains many tools already pre-installed that will come in handy during the day.

Participants will be divided into teams based on their skill sets and team members will be able to share knowledge and help each other improve. In order to ensure that there is an even distribution of skills among the teams, please take a moment to let us know your level of experience with all things cyber security. Please use the following categories to rate your experience in the registration form:

noob You're new to the topic and don’t have much practical experience.
script kiddie You know a bit about the topic and you’ve had a go with some tools/challenges in the past
h4xx0r You know your way around the topic and have practical experience with it (even if you’re relying on tools, you understand what’s going on under the hood and you can script some parts of an attack)
1337 If you're at this level, you know it.



MWR and J.P. Morgan will be offering staff time and resources to host the event and will be donating all proceeds from the day to The Rona Sailing Project and to the mental health charity Mind.

Since its establishment more than 50 years ago, The Rona Sailing Project has taken over 20,000 young people from a variety of social backgrounds to sea and given them the experience of a lifetime, greater self-confidence and a new perspective on the world.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


We suggest a donation of £300 per participant, though any donations will be greatly appreciated. In exchange, you will learn how to solve real-world cyber security challenges, gain insights into the skills and capabilities needed to be successful in a cyber security role and further your cyber security skills through fun and challenging exercises.

Your place at the event will be confirmed by an MWR representative, who will also be in contact to take payment. We reserve the right to decline any participant's application.

About City Giving Day

City Giving Day, organised by the Lord Mayor's Appeal team, unites the City of London in celebrating the differences made and lives changed through its charity and community partnerships. Many companies with a city presence hold events to raise money for their chosen charities as well as highlight the day through various communication channels.






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