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Can you Hack the Hacker at TNC20?

The GN4 security work package has teamed up with SWITCH to bring Hack the Hacker to TNC20.  Hack the Hacker is an escape room where the mission of your team is to discover the code that revokes encryption executed by malicious software. Together with up to 6 people you have to search the hacker’s den for hidden hints and clues.

Security awareness should be a priority for all organisations, but it is so often delivered in a dry and unattractive format, resulting in poor engagement from employees and users.  In creating the escape room, SWITCH offers an opportunity to learn about serious security issues in a more entertaining and hopefully more memorable setting.  The Hack the Hacker escape room is a perfect addition to the work of the GN4 security work package that is both gathering ideas and inspiration for Security training and developing its own events – such as the popular annual CLAW crisis management exercise.  The experience of gamifying security training, alongside other techniques such as social engineering, will be further discussed at Security Day on the final day of TNC.

‘The security work package is the newest addition to the Project, with this initiative we allow ourselves to be young, playful and a little rebellious in our continuous search of new ways to raise security awareness in our community. Introducing gamification is something that we want to do more of and this collaboration with SWITCH enables us to test some innovative ideas with the wider community” Sigita Jurkynaite, GN4 security work package co-leader.

Hack the Hacker will run on three consecutive days at TNC with three slots available per day for teams to sign-up and join in. Get together with a group of people from your organisation or project as a unique training opportunity, or sign up individually to take your chances working with others. Sessions will be run over three days on Tuesday 9th June, Wednesday 10th June and Thursday 11th June. 6 people can participate in each session and a total of 9 sessions will be available, so sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment. More information and sign-up for your teams is available on the GÉANT wiki.

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