Help AG ethical hackers qualify for CyberLympics
Ali Hussein and Tudor Enache are the only Middle Eastern event participants
Two Middle East ethical hackers from regional information security consulting company Help AG, have qualified to participate in the World Finals of the Global CyberLympics, an EC-Council Foundation initiative supported by the United Nation's International Telecommunications Union, being held on 19th September 2013 in Georgia, USA.
Ali Hussein and Tudor Enache from Help AG are the only Middle East participants, and are part of a six person team that secured its place in the final after winning against 73 other teams in the regional eliminations of the event.
The Global CyberLympics is dedicated to finding the foremost IT experts to help address issues of global information security, and encourage further development of the field.
The Middle East has for a number of years now been a hotbed for cyber crime with organisations such as Anonymous and the Syrian Electronic Army operating in the region. Government and private organisations alike have been making significant investments in their IT infrastructures but Hussein, security Analyst Help AG, believes that the current level of awareness in the region is not sufficient.
"It is wishful thinking to believe that simply deploying the latest IT security solutions will ensure an organisation's safety against cyber attacks. The unfortunate truth is that today, no IT system can be 100% secure. Uncovering vulnerabilities and identifying risks require organisation to employ experts who can 'think like hackers'. Competitions such as the Global CyberLympics aim to identify such professionals and we are extremely proud to be placed among the world's best. By performing the various forensics and hacking challenges we broaden our knowledge and sharpen our skills. Ultimately, our customers benefit from the experience and insights we have gained," he said.
Ethical hacking and penetration testing involve simulating real world cyber attacks in order to identify security gaps in IT systems. Executing these requires a high degree of technical competence and these tests help organisations uncover IT vulnerabilities that can potentially be exploited by hackers to steal sensitive corporate data.
The Global CyberLympics aims to create an opportunity for ethical hacking to be accepted and practiced for the purpose of understanding what it takes to protect and secure critical information and assets. One key initiative for Global CyberLympics has been to foster an environment that creates child online protection through education.
"The CyberLympics initiative is a great platform to raise awareness about ethical hacking. There is much to be done in the Middle East in this regard," said Tudor Enache, security analyst at Help AG. "Help AG is a regional pioneer in the field and strives to create a work environment that encourages development and advancement of these skills. This support has played a big role in us being able to compete on a global stage at such a prestigious event."