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Cpl Harries goes for RAF gold

A St John’s pupil has taken part in a prestigious and competitive course for Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets, being awarded a certificate and a gold cyber badge for his efforts.

Corporal Ben Harries (Lower Sixth, Montgomery) beat over 170 other applicants for a place on the Air Cadet Cyber Course, which includes a week-long camp for 20 cadets at Number 1 Radio School at RAF Cosford.

Cadets followed an intriguing and topical programme, based on the same course as current Phase 2 Cyberspace Communications Specialists and Engineering Officers in the RAF receive.

During the course, the cadets were taught law relating to a cyber environment, before participating in class and online exercises. Network infiltration techniques were explained and demonstrated with cadets becoming aware of the dangers of insecure networks and online threats.

Ben commented on his experience: “They showed us how a hacker would think, and their methods, increasing our awareness and understanding in order to teach us how to be protected and making us aware of the dangers in the cyber environment. It was also interesting being with members of the ATC and discussing some of the ways they do things, and also hearing about things in the organisation that may see changes at some point in the future.”

Ben is now one of only 38 air cadets (and one of only three CCF cadets) who currently hold the gold cyber award in the UK.

Published on 21/09/2016

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