CyberFirst Girls 2019 Kicks Off Next Week

Infosecurity Magazine | January 18, 2019

CyberFirst Girls 2019 Kicks Off Next Week
The third annual CyberFirst Girls competition will kick off on Monday as GCHQ looks to help address a chronic gender imbalance and skills shortage in the industry. Over the past two years, the intelligence service’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has managed to attract 12,500 female pupils from schools across the UK to take part. Teams of up to four plus a teacher or mentor can enter, with girls in Year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and Year 9 in Northern Ireland (12-13-years-old) able to participate. They’ll face a week of online challenges in four key areas — cryptography, cybersecurity, logic and coding and networking — with the top 10 teams competing face-to-face at a grand final in Edinburgh in March. Participants are also able to apply for a place on CyberFirst Girls Defenders: free four-day residential and non-residential courses taking place in April-May and designed to teach further skills in how to build and protect small networks and personal devices.

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In recent years, Domain Generation Algorithms (DGA) have evolved from a proofof-concept technique, capable of bypassing legacy static reputation systems (e.g. Domain Blacklists), into full-featured stealth modules embedded within an increasing number of today’s most advanced and evasive commercial crimeware toolkits. DGAs are also referred to as a form of “domain fluxing.”

Spotlight

In recent years, Domain Generation Algorithms (DGA) have evolved from a proofof-concept technique, capable of bypassing legacy static reputation systems (e.g. Domain Blacklists), into full-featured stealth modules embedded within an increasing number of today’s most advanced and evasive commercial crimeware toolkits. DGAs are also referred to as a form of “domain fluxing.”

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