More 44Con training and 'capture the flag' contest announced, as BSides London talks online

Opinion by Nick Barron

A further three training courses have been added to the line-up for September's 44Con.

A further three training courses have been added to the line-up for September's 44Con.

Raytheon are running a one-day ‘Executive Cyber Training Course' aimed at non-technical staff who need a thorough and pragmatic understanding of the risks of online threats and defences.

Judging by the detailed synopsis, this looks like an ideal course for management and will benefit both the attendees (by dispelling the common myths and misunderstandings surrounding ‘cyber' threats) and the staff who work for them. The coverage is extensive and the course could perhaps be subtitled 'How to know if your vendor or techies are trying to scare you!'

The ‘SensePost HBN Developer Edition' course is a hands-on introduction to identifying and removing vulnerabilities in web applications. Programming language neutral, the course is aimed at developers and is delivered by Ian de Villiers of SensePost and Daniel Cuthbert of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

If you want to avoid being the next announcement on the LulzSec Twitter feed, this course will certainly pay for itself in application security improvements in no time.

Finally, the TigerScheme QSTM examination from Encription gives you the ideal opportunity to get a well-established penetration testing qualification that is recognised by CESG for the CHECK scheme. Successful candidates will receive a University of Glamorgan certificate and three-year membership of the TigerScheme.

The 44Con training page has been amended to include details of the new courses and many of the other courses now have more detailed synopses, so it is well worth checking out.

All of the 44Con courses are competitively priced, include refreshments and come with free entry to the conference, which itself promises to be a great way to enhance and update your security knowledge.

Also recently announced is the 44Con ‘capture the flag' contest, where groups of attackers will compete to exploit and subsequently defend a number of systems on a diverse and novel collection of IT systems. Prizes will be offered for the overall winner and also the best attackers and defenders. See for details.

Finally, the videos of many of the excellent talks from the BSides London event are now available for free at There's a diverse collection of topics and they are all well worth the time. If you check out Alec Muffett's great ‘Sex, lies and instant messenger' talk you can even hear me contributing in the Q&A (but thankfully not see me!).


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