New Cyber Training Prospectus launched at Security & Policing


Cyber Development Training Prospectus 2016 By Michael Shuff, 7Safe lead reporter | 22 March 2016

7Safe’s Cyber Development Prospectus featuring courses in ethical hacking and digital investigations was recently launched at the UK Home Office event, Security & Policing 2016 in Farnborough.

The launch attracted UK and foreign senior-level delegations during a series of pre-arranged visits coordinated by 7Safe through UKTI and the Home Office. These included a visit by Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, (pictured) who expressed particular interest in 7Safe’s Cyber Development skills training programme, which is already responsible for training 500 cyber professionals annually.

Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office

Picture: Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office on 7Safe's stand

During his visit, Mr Sedwill, who served as the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2010, watched a demo of the 7Safe STOMP (Stop the Offensive Malware Process) cyber challenge contest. He was guided through the process stages by 7Safe’s Steve Shepherd MBE, whose CV includes Manager – Hi-Tech Crime Unit at Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch and work as a government officer.

7Safe’s STOMP contest a winner!

STOMP is designed to test the cyber skills of IT personnel during a ransomware attack that will, unless the malicious code is stopped in time, systematically encrypt files on your system's hard drive. The data in the files will be impossible to decrypt without paying the ransom for the encryption key.

Read more about Ransomware here.

7Safe uses the contest to demonstrate to potential training delegates that their previous training may not be sufficient to combat the threat. The time-limited contest has proved a serious challenge at IT industry cyber events in the last year, showing that training at 7Safe’s Cyber Development Centre in ethical hacking, digital forensics and cyber incident response is a worthwhile investment.  

Steve Shepherd, who is 7Safe’s Cyber Incident Response (CIR) lead, recommends that the person who takes charge of an incident should understand technology, processes and more importantly, be able to rely on the people involved in mitigating the incident.

Steve says: “At 7Safe, we’ve met hundreds of cyber consultants, security and IT managers. Many were not fully-prepared or did not understand the range of available actions to take in a cyber-attack, especially where the risk to organisational data was considerable. What seems like a perfectly reasonable course of action can sometimes play into the attacker’s hands. You are not likely to be their first victim so preparation through skills training is vitally important.”

Read this blog post and more about cyber investigations here.

The 7Safe Training Prospectus is available to download at www.7safe.com/research-and-insight/downloads

You are also invited to contact the 7Safe technical security practice team (0870 600 1667) if you would like to develop cyber capabilities through expert advice, penetration testing and training.

For more information, please contact Michael Shuff.

"At 7Safe, we’ve met hundreds of cyber consultants, security and IT managers. Many were not fully-prepared or did not understand the range of available actions to take in a cyber-attack, especially where the risk to organisational data was considerable."

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