5 Reasons your team needs to be in it.
You’ve assembled your ‘A Team’ of Security Professionals, Product Developers, Software Engineers and Programmers.
But, when it comes to application security, has complacency set in or are they constantly striving to raise the bar?
The time is right to shake things up and take them outside their comfort zone. Trying something different will provide them, and your organisation, with real advantages.
Have you considered adding some interactive and ‘hands on’ training as part of your team development? The Shearwater AppSec Hackathon is the ideal event to help you do just that.
These events are hives of activity involving intensive learning and problem solving. They bring together some of the most innovative minds. People who think outside the box.
Best of all, they inject an element of collaboration and competition, serving as the perfect vehicle for professional development.
5 reasons why you should send a team to the Hackathon:
1. Creative Destruction:
Creative destruction is the process of dismantling long-standing practices. It’s the antithesis of the usual day-to-day brief, but an invaluable exercise in building more secure applications.
Exploiting vulnerabilities in this way offers your team the opportunity to see a piece of software through the eyes of a Hacker. Having your team break our dummy site in a controlled environment allows them to acquire new knowledge that will help them build more secure applications in the future.
The objective of the learning experience is to bring application security to the forefront when developing. Your team can even add some shiny new techniques to their cybersecurity repertoire.
2. Keep Them Motivated
Don’t let your staff get stuck in a rut of repetitiveness.
All too often IT and cybersecurity jobs don’t lend themselves to motivating or engaging staff. Without stimulation, you run the risk of breeding complacency in your team, or even the risk of increased employee churn in a market of scarce talent.
That doesn’t have to be the case.
Shearwater 2019 AppSec Hackathon simulates the types of activities that probably motivated your staff to get into the industry in the first place. A winnable competition in which they earn recognition is sure to appeal to the gamer instinct in them.
What’s more, it encourages them to upskill prior to the event, so they perform to their best of their ability.
3. Up-Skilling Opportunity
A Hackathon encourages a pooling of ideas. It’s a collaboration hub, far removed from the mental silos in which we all tend to get stuck.
In this dynamic environment, where engagement levels are high, every member of staff is likely to pick up new skills and knowledge. Even junior staff can benefit from exploiting a range of vulnerabilities that are aimed at all skill levels. They’ll also have the chance to team up with more senior colleagues, benefitting their professional development.
When your team acquires new skills in a hands-on environment, you have the potential to benefit from far higher engagement and meaningful participation compared to other, less interactive, training initiatives.
You’re giving them the perfect opportunity to showcase their talents. You can uncover previously unknown skills in your team, and you’ll identify any skills gaps in a safe environment.
4. Enhance Teamwork
Hackathons are great opportunities to encourage teamwork.
While a Hackathon may be a pressure-cooker environment, it requires participants to work in a concentrated and tireless manner with the rest of their team. This level of intensity is great for instilling in your team a strong work ethic and a culture for collaboration. What manager doesn’t want that?
5. Identify Future Leaders
When the pressure is on, it becomes clear which members of your team demonstrate strong potential as future leaders. Those who are able to motivate their colleagues to go the extra mile, or those who assist people who are struggling, have the potential to take on future leadership roles.
People who are willing to try different solutions to problems could end-up applying that mindset in other areas of your business.
Great future leaders aren’t only those with the strongest skills.
They can be those team members who are willing to accept personal responsibility for their decisions and actions – especially if they don’t result in success. Learning and growing from their errors will inspire others within the organisation.
During the course of the Hackathon, it should become clear who the potential leaders of your team are.
Ensure both your team and your organisation enjoy all the advantages that come with participating in these great events by joining Shearwater’s 5th Annual Hackathon this November 15.