Anti-hacking workshop at University of Leicester

Posted by fi17 at May 31, 2012 04:26 PM |
University and local company collaborate on keeping websites safe

Over 130 web developers from around Leicester and the East Midlands will be converging on the University of Leicester on Tuesday 12 June, to hack into a website.  Passwords will be stolen, content will be defaced and personal details downloaded. The public can rest easy though as the website is set up solely for this purpose, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, in order to educate developers in keeping their websites safe.

The University has arranged the free web security workshop with the help of local Web development company, Xibis, as part of their engagement with local industry.

The University’s Head of Computer Science, Thomas Erlebach, said "Keeping websites safe from the attention of hackers is becoming increasingly important. There is more personal information stored on websites than ever before and hacking is frequently organised by criminal gangs. Understanding how hackers gain entry will help you make sure your web applications are secure."

Simon Perry, owner of Xibis, commented "This workshop will be a hands-on session where we expose how hackers break into websites and what you can do to stop them. Our aim is to educate the industry to ensure they are up to speed with the latest techniques."

 

There are still a few places left, so if you work in the web industry and would like to come along, or if you simply want to find out more go to:

http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/computer-science/news/web-security-workshop

 

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