Can you hack #DMUCyberWeek?

Unrivalled insight into the world of cyber security will benefit students during a packed week of practical challenges and events at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

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Kicking off #DMUCyberWeek (Saturday 24 February to Friday 2 March) is the very first Capture the Flag competition of 2018 from Cyber Security Challenge UK, as part of their year-long qualifying rounds leading up to the annual Masterclass final.

The jeopardy-style competition requires students to work in teams to solve a variety of problems, earning points along the way. Taking part in the competition is second-year Computer Security student and DMU Hackers Secretary Chris Hatton, who was one of the lucky few to make it through to last year’s Masterclass.

He said: “I love taking part in anything run by Cyber Security Challenge UK. It’s a great way to get experience and I’m keen to encourage other DMU Hackers to join in.

“Competitions like these are great for three reasons - they’re really fun, they’re the best way to learn and they’re perfect for networking and getting your name out there if you want to get into cyber security.

“#DMUCyberWeek is definitely one of the best weeks at DMU. You just don’t get another chance like it to hear from and speak to so many industry experts.”

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Co-ordinated by DMU's Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), #DMUCyberWeek offers students a number of practical challenges to test and develop their skills, including a demonstration of SCIPS, the CTI’s tablet-based cyber security strategy game, on Monday 26 February.

On the same day, students can learn about cutting-edge surveillance techniques by dropping in to Satisnet's Mobile Security Operation Centre, a fully equipped, mobile IT-forensic laboratory.

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A full day of workshops and presentations from Airbus and the Cardiff University Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics on Tuesday 27 February will include a digital forensics challenge.

Featured at Defcon (the world's longest running and largest underground hacking conference), the challenge will be co-hosted by Molly Betts, a DMU graduate now working as a Cyber Forensics eKTP Associate with Airbus following a placement with the company during her course.

On Wednesday 28 February, a hands-on workshop with digital forensics expert and Director of CYFOR Keith Cottenden will teach students about the importance of evidence acquisition and what happens when it goes wrong.

Rounding off the week on Friday 2 March, students will work with experts from Check Point Software Technologies to gain first-hand experience of checking security logs and forensic reports, as well as carrying out pen testing with Deloitte UK, which involves simulating attacks on computer systems to spot security weaknesses.

Throughout the week, students will also have the opportunity to hear from a range of digital forensics experts, on subjects such as advances in red team testing and social engineering.

Professor Helge Janicke, Head of DMU’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, said: “We are fortunate in the Cyber Technology Institute to have such excellent relationships with industry.

“#DMUCyberWeek represents an important knowledge exchange opportunity - our students have the chance to meet potential employers and our partners get to meet the future talent of their industry.”

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018

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