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Anti-Cyber warfare training - the way forward

Hacking and anti-cyber warfare training exercises could be the way to support the Government and play a major role in the training of British IT security experts in the future.

Hacking and anti-cyber warfare training exercises could be the way to support the Government and play a major role in the training of British IT security experts in the future.

The suggestion has been made by IT security company MWR InfoSecurity who attracted security experts from all over the world to HackFu, an innovative three day training exercise held at theRAF Air Defence Museum in Norfolk, which pitted participants from 20 countries.

Experts carried out a series of innovative themed exercises which involved hacking into systems that had been specifically set up to test their skills. Some systems had specific vulnerabilities built in that had to be found.

The experts were then put into cyber attack and defence teams to pit their new found knowledge against each other.

Martyn Ruks, Technical Director at MWR InfoSecurity, said: "HackFu may be the model we need to use for all future cyber security training. It is centred on practical experience of problem solving and aims at bringing people together to collaborate in anti cyber warfare activities. While the theme based exercises are fun, they are enabling the experts of the future to counter serious threats.”

He said: “This is really about supporting Government plans to secure the cyber space and equipping the current and future generation of experts to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the cyber security industry, combining teamwork with important fundamental technical and problem solving skills.”

Ruks added: "The recent announcement that high level IT security experts are to be trained at two university research centres, with £7.5m of Government and research council funding, is very welcome.”

The event gathered over 75 people from multiple IT security companies, large global end-user organisations and various countries from all over the globe, including experienced consultants and new graduates.

MWR also ran a competition to find more talented people to get involved and win an entry to HackFu.

Participants faced challenges such as the analysis of an electronic bug that was transmitting secrets back to enemy operatives. They competed in teams against each other in several anti cyber-war exercises.

The skills acquired were across a broad range of disciplines that covered mobile security, web applications and incident response issues, which are indispensable to face current cyber security threats.

Ruks said: “This year’s HackFu was a great success as it provided a space for high level industry consultants and future experts to share knowledge, ideas and innovative techniques that will be critical to protect against cyber attacks and modern threats.”



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.