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CloudThat sponsors a hackathon focused on improving Microsoft Azure skills

Indian cloud training company CloudThat will host an online hackathon focusing on cloud security skills for Microsoft Azure. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

CloudThat Wednesday, an India-based cloud training and consulting services company, opened registration for an online hackathon it is the sponsorship that will develop cloud security skills around the Microsoft Azure Platform.

The hackathon will last five weeks and has been divided into three stages: registration; evaluations/idea submissions; and presentation of the proposed solution and evaluation. The hackathon is open to Azure beginners and anyone interested in cloud security. The results of the first stage will be announced on November 29. Only 10 participants will enter the final stage, which will take place virtually on December 16 and 17.

Participants do not need to know how to code or have a computer background. If they are ready to learn and explore, they are the right person for this hackathon. Students can participate individually or in groups.

Cloud Security has been a major issue for quite some time now and so any sort of major effort to get cloud learners and future engineers to take security seriously and understand the risks it poses is a huge win for the community of security, as well as for the maturity of the cloud as a whole,” said Matt Mullins, principal security researcher at Cybrary. Mullins added that Azure has positioned itself as a rapidly growing part of the cloud market due to its ease of disaster recovery, integration with on-premises Active Directory enterprise instances, as well as its security features. in the event of an incident.

“That being said, there are issues that confuse and confuse engineers around leasing, access management, and other aspects like application privileges,” Mullins said. “Given all of this, efforts to generate interest and excitement for developing technical skills will help make Azure a more applicable option for larger organizations. We hope these types of CTFs/Hackathons larger ones will bring lessons learned from security and architecture into the cloud ecosystem and improve the generally unfavorable security posture of cloud implementations.

Craig Burland, chief information security officer at Inversion6, said the hackathon is a great idea and much needed to help address the growing cybersecurity resource gap. Burland said a majority of organizations report being negatively affected by a lack of skilled cybersecurity resources: some surveys put that figure at over 80%.

“This comes at a time when threats are on the rise and the pressure on organizations to have a robust cybersecurity program in place has never been greater,” Burland said. “Sooner or later, market forces should begin to balance the supply and demand of cybersecurity resources. But the more companies recognize the risk and provide additional incentives, the better off we will all be. »

Jason Hicks, Executive Advisor and Field CISO at Coalfire, said it’s important to create a talent pipeline with the skills needed to fill the cloud and security roles we have now and will have in the future. This event gives students a good way to get hands-on experience using the latest tools and methods to solve real-world problems they’d face on the job, Hicks said.

“It will also allow sponsors to hire some of the most qualified people as interns, which is a good way for students to gain additional hands-on experience and a good way to bring them into the talent pool of corporate sponsors,” Hicks said.

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