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Improve your IT security skills with the Self-Online Practical training

Recently the WP8-T1 team within the GÉANT GN4-3 project launched the Self-Online Practical (SOP) training for NRENs. This training offers a unique opportunity to develop new skills and competencies in IT security in the format of an information security competition that challenges contestants to solve a variety of tasks. The exercises are similar to the traditional outdoor game Capture the Flag.

Who can participate?

SOP is open to anyone, from IT students to highly qualified systems administrators. You can participate as part of a team or on your own.

In addition, the training offers HR departments from a variety of organisations a useful tool that can be used for recruitment purposes.

All NRENs members will be able to connect to SOP using eduGAIN.

Is prior knowledge required?

No, you can start from scratch without previous security or hacking experience and can develop your skills to become a white hat hacker.

If you participate for the first time in a SOP event, we recommend that you to join an experienced team ready to welcome you onboard. The NREN community is usually very willing to share knowledge with anyone who wants to learn and develop.

What does the training entail?

The training distils major disciplines of professional computer security work into short, objectively measurable exercises based on the Business Continuity Management (BCM) gap analysis. The focus is on:

  • Vulnerability analysis and management
  • Ethical hacking toolkit creation
  • Operational network security

Each lesson will help you to become an expert in such disciplines. Besides, the lessons are completed with the Internet’s best supporting reference materials.

Participants will receive a certificate after completion of at least 7 of the 10 available modules.

Does it cost to take part in SOP?

No, participation is free of charge.

How to participate?

The training is available at and will only be available during the Month of October 2020, so hurry up and register today!

For more information and registration, contact

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