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Some colleagues (bullit, snoopystorm and jammie999) and myself have spent the last couple of weeks building the new Security and Forensics Forum at www.security-forensics.co.uk. It’s doing very well, with 46 members, mostly from the University of Wales Newport and the University of Glamorgan, already registered at the time of writing. And all this before we’ve even got merchandise sorted to help with running costs and promotion at this year’s Infosecurity Europe event.

While there are already similar forums out there, ours is different in a couple of ways. Firstly, it’s free of the usual management speak, ‘cyber’-buzzwords and numerous rehashed articles about policy/compliance. Instead we have discussions on technical subjects covering programming and software development, tools, common attack methods, countermeasures, cryptography, malware analysis, forensic techniques, tutorials and more – basically it’s a hacking forum, because that’s how an infosec/forensics forum should be. It’s stuff the professionals should know, it’s what we do, and it helps those studying related courses.

The other difference is we’re really open to new members from any background who take an interest, unlike a certain other forum (which I won’t name) where I was literally the only member bothering to answer perfectly valid questions from newbies, while the experts either ignored or bitched about it. So, that’s another reason our forum is needed – a place where new members/beginners are encouraged to ask questions, however basic. We’ll either know the answers, or take the time to find them.