Case Study: HackFu
HackFu is an immersive learning event run annually by chronyko for our partners at F-Secure. Our first UK HackFu was in 2008 and over the years it has grown into an industry leading event currently running annually in the UK and South Africa. Each event is built around learning objectives that are developed to actively support F-Secure's growth and strategic direction.
Hosted in a secret, yet highly-theatrical environment, security pros, students and invited guests are thrown together in an immersive live storyline that plays out over the course of two days. The participants work together in teams to solve puzzles and challenges that are closely linked to the overall narrative. As a cybersecurity focused event these challenges involve hacking, scripting, tinkering, lock-picking, crypto, problem solving and generally thinking outside the box.
One of the key objectives of the event is to design, develop and test approaches for teaching cyber security skills. The outcomes from the events are then shared to enable others to use our experiences to develop their own solutions to the cybersecurity skills gap. At the core of our mission is to deliver excellence in learning and development. External validation of these aspects of our events can be seen through the awards the event has won in recent years.
Duration: 48 hours
Ages: 18 and up
Venue: Atmospheric locations to fit with the theme and storyline
Learning Outcomes: Collaboration across a global team, identification of future leaders, recruitment, problem solving skills, cybersecurity skills development.
One of the primary purposes of HackFu is to develop and test techniques for training in the field of cybersecurity. The event videos are one method we use to share these lessons and to encourage others to put into practice what we have learned. You can find lots of other information about past events in our HackFu archive.
In 2018 the UK event was hosted in an old aircraft hangar at Bicester Heritage. You can see what happened over the three days of Cybersecurity, Robotics, puzzling and challenges in the official HackFu 2018 movie.
In 2017 the UK event was hosted at Drakelow Tunnels. You can see what happened over the three days of puzzling and challenges in the official HackFu 2017 movie.
Our 2016 event saw the participants conscripted into the elite Cyber Corps. Their training mission at Newhaven Fort was interrupted by the need to defuse the evil Mastermind's plans.
The participants ended up with a nasty surprise as an information leak saw them incarcerated at RCP Ashwell. Their mission was to uncover the leak and prove their innocence.
Back in the Old West at Woodchester Mansion the teams were faced with unmasking criminal gangs and uncovering political power-plays. Of course they could also stop off at the Saloon for a drink or two!
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