Help AG unveils ‘Hackademy’ in the Middle East

New initiative aimed at fostering ethical hacking skills across the region

Berner says with the Hackademy programme, Help AG is now giving its customers an opportunity to empower their internal IT teams.
Berner says with the Hackademy programme, Help AG is now giving its customers an opportunity to empower their internal IT teams.

Help AG, a cyber security services, consultancy and solutions provider in the Middle East, has unveiled the Help AG Hackademy aimed at arming Middle East cyber security professionals with the skills and knowledge they need.

This offensive ethical hacking hands-on training programme is conducted by qualified L33T hackers and empowers attendees to perform attack simulations that uncover security vulnerabilities in their organisations’ IT environments.

Mukhammad Khalilov, manager security analysis at Help AG who heads the programme, said that: “The best cyber security investments are guided by a keen understanding of the most critical security issues within the organisation as these are the areas attackers are likely to exploit. Our hands-on training takes a deep dive into the many techniques and tools that attackers actually use in the real world. It therefore encourages attendees to ‘think like hackers’ and identify the areas that their organisations must first address to harden their security defences.”

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According to Help AG, the programme 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.

The decision to launch the Hackademy follows the success 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 vendors.

“We have seen how these efforts have contributed significantly to helping our clients strengthen their defences. With the Hackademy programme, 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 cyber security," said Stephan Berner, CEO at Help AG.

Berner added that the initiative will enable attendees 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.

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