Howest stands out at military cyber security event

Howest stands out at military cyber security event

Howest stands out at military cyber security event

Three Howest lecturers participated last week at Locked Shields, in Luxembourg. Locked Shields is an international military cyber defense exercise involving the most complex, technical challenges in the world. Howest was the only school of its kind to participate, illustrating once again its advanced expertise in the field of cyber security.

Leader in cyber security

With the Cyber Security Professional elective within the Bachelor in Applied Computer Science program, Howest has long been a pioneer in the field of cyber security. The participating lecturers come from this program and the graduate program in System and Network Administration. "What makes the participation of our lecturers so special is that they were the only ones from a school of this kind in the world to be asked by defense to take part," says training coordinator Gene Vangampelaere. "In other words, our expertise in the protection of IT systems and critical infrastructure is recognized far beyond the walls of Howest."

Unique cyber defence exercise

Locked Shields is organized each year by NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). This year, some eighty cyber security experts gathered in Luxembourg from 18 to 21 April. "Together we had to defend the Benelux against hackers during real-time cyberattacks," explains Tijl Deneut, who was one of three participating lecturers from Howest. "The focus was on realistic scenarios, cutting-edge technology and simulations of complex and large-scale cyber incidents. A stressful four days, but at the same time an extremely educational experience that I will definitely take back to my classes." 

Photo RTL: Raven Demeyer (Defense employee and alumnus of the Cyber Security Professional program), Alvin Demeyer (lecturer in System- and Netwerk Administration,), Thomas Clauwaert and Tijl Deneut (lecturers in Applied Informatics)