Help AG’s new ‘Hackademy’ aims to foster ethical hacking skills in ME

Attendees will discover the many techniques and tools that attackers use in the real world

The success of Help AG’s own penetration testing in uncovering dozens of zero-day vulnerabilities formed the basis for the Hackademy, Berner said.
The success of Help AG’s own penetration testing in uncovering dozens of zero-day vulnerabilities formed the basis for the Hackademy, Berner said.

Help AG has launched an ethical hacking training program that trains IT personnel to perform attack simulations that uncover security vulnerabilities in their organisations’ IT environments.

Attendees of the Help AG Hackademy will take a deep dive into the many techniques and tools that attackers actually use in the real world. The training encourages attendees to ‘think like hackers’ and identify the areas that their organisations must first address to harden their security defences, according to Mukhammad Khalilov, manager, security analysis at Help AG who heads the program.

At its launch, the program comprises of five courses that cover several aspects of ethical hacking including internal and external penetration testing, assessment of web applications, simulating social engineering attacks, and executing advanced hacking techniques such as buffer overflows and reverse engineering. The duration of each of these courses is either three or five days, at the end of which attendees are presented with a certificate of attendance, recognising their successful completion of the training module.

Held at Help AG’s regional headquarters in Dubai, each of the five courses will be conducted by qualified L33T hackers and will feature classroom style training with an emphasis on hands-on practice sessions. These trainings are specifically designed for both network and security teams and will be highly relevant to technical experts, software developers, SOC team members, network administrators, system administrators, web managers, auditors, and security professionals in general.

The Hackademy follows in the footsteps of Help AG’s own penetration testing team which in the last year alone uncovered over 70 zero-day vulnerabilities in IT solutions and software from several industry-leading vendors. “We have seen how these efforts have contributed significantly to helping our clients strengthen their defences. With the Hackademy program, we’re now giving our customers an opportunity to empower their internal IT teams with the same skills and technical knowhow that we have gained through years of commitment to cybersecurity. This will enable them to regularly conduct simulated hacking exercises by themselves which will play a key role in mitigating risks they face from the constantly evolving threat landscape,” said Stephan Berner, CEO at Help AG.

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