Hacking away for Hallowe’en
ETHICAL hacking firm Secarma has staged its second annual hair-raising student hackathon, aimed at bridging the skills gap in the cybersecurity industry.
More than 60 computer science students from Edge Hill University took part in a “real-life” hacking challenge at UKFast Campus, in Manchester.
The “Hackoween” challenge took place over five hours on Hallowe’en, simulating the work carried out on a daily basis by ethical hackers at Secarma.
Teams competed with the goal of finding vulnerabilities in a replica of a business IT environment, with points awarded for identifying weaknesses and providing recommendations.
The exercise provides a window into the skills required to join the cyber security industry.
More experts are desperately needed, to combat a sharp rise in data breaches, computer viruses and ransomware.
Recent government statistics reveal 43% of UK businesses reported a data breach in the past 12 months. Head of education at Secarma, Paul Mason, said: “It’s an honour that twice as many students wish to take part in Hackoween this year.
“The real-world approach of the hacking challenges make it a perfect window into the life of an ethical hacker. We need to recruit more white-hat hackers to stay one step ahead of the criminals.”