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UK civilians and military personnel learn to defend against online attacks at cyber training camp

by Brian Sims

After two days of intense hands-on training and development, a new potential generation of UK cyber security defenders (including members of the public and military personnel) has been tested to see if they have what it takes to protect their country from online attacks. Held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, the Cyber Security Challenge UK’s new cyber camp was delivered by a number of the UK’s most prestigious cyber defence companies to help attendees gain foundation skills and confidence to take their first steps into the cyber security profession. The assessment on Friday 29 August was devised by cyber security operatives from GCHQ and witnessed brave candidates assemble a cyber team battling to overcome the threat of a cyber terrorist group, the Flag Day Associates, who have been staging a number of attacks in the UK over recent months. The latest incident was reported by the central security team at Parliament Square, a large central London meeting and conferencing space known to host classified gatherings characterised by high secrecy and sensitivity. The team confirmed that the web-based application controlling their intelligent building management software had been targeted and successfully compromised. Under the guidance of mentors from GCHQ and other industry experts, as well as previous Challenge candidates, the cyber camp recruits were assessed on their ability to run penetration testing as part of a full security assessment of the web application in order to identify the vulnerabilities that may have been exploited by the attackers. To prepare them for this test, the cyber camp recruits were taken through two days of training administered by some of the country’s leading cyber security experts. Content details of the cyber camp The cyber camp programme was put together by the Challenge with the support of C3IA Solutions (who provide information risk management training and cyber security services for the MoD, the Government and industry) and included: ‘

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