UK Ministry Of Defense Employing Video Gamers To Prevent Cyber Threats

Posted: Jul 24 2018, 10:32am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
UK Ministry of Defense Employing Video Gamers to Prevent Cyber Threats

Finally, it's up to the geeks to save the world. As we've seen with Sony and numerous other companies, one person with a laptop can essentially take down an entire business overnight. The UK is clearly aware of these online threats and is recruiting video gamers and coding specialists in the fight against hackers. Many typical smartphone or laptop users think little of online security – although some do make use of web security options often found here – the average person on the internet has no clue of how hard cyber defense can be.

Steve Morgan, founder of cybercrime news website, Cybersecurity Ventures, says he isn't at all surprised that gamers have been targeted as the best employees for the UK Ministry of Defense. "Gamers have a propensity for cat-and-mouse play, which is a common character trait in cybersecurity professionals," said Morgan. "Cyber defense, in many ways, is a game. It’s a very serious game of black hats vs. white hats. What gamer wouldn’t want to step into the real world of cyber and sit in a real world SOC where they can look at a real-time cyber threat map with red lights and intruders attempting to break in?"

Spearheading the recruitment campaign is primarily the Cyber Security Challenge UK, whereby competitions across the country take place that test the gamers' skills against what they could likely expect in the defense job. Rest assured: only the best of the best cyber defenders are going to pass this trial. If you think you've got what it takes, then register here.

White hats in the U.S.

Ethical hackers, otherwise known as white hats (opposites to the nefarious black hats), are being sought out in order to test the cyber security of many major companies and organizations in America, including Starbucks, Google, Uber, Nintendo, Snapchat, Toyota, and even the U.S. military. To avoid the embarrassment of being hacked by a black hat, businesses would much rather pay someone to discover any vulnerabilities, so that these can be patched up right away.

Martin Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, a group connecting ethical hackers with companies that need their cybersecurity tested, says that now's the best time for white hats to show their skills and get paid. "The business has grown dramatically in the past year. The government is now a pioneer in this, which is positive... and the top bounties have increased a lot," he said. "The U.S. Air Force is highly secure but it took our hackers only 8 minutes to find the first vulnerability and in total we found something like 200 holes in their systems."

The fight against cybercrime will never end, but it can be slowed down.

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