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April 10, 2015

Cyberattack simulator will pit CIOs against hackers

Trend Micro launches online game to challenge security pros.

By Jimmy Nicholls

Chief information officers will test their mettle against cyberattacks with the launch of an "Choose Your Own Adventure" style game by security vendor Trend Micro.

Targeted Attack: The Game will force IT professionals to make decisions that their businesses could well face in the near future, and see what the outcome is likely to be.

Rik Ferguson, VP of security research at Trend Micro, said: "This fictional simulation helps players better understand and dissect aspects of these attacks in a real-time scenario.

"By placing the decision-making process in the hands of users, they will have a sense of the urgency and implications that could occur in the real-world."

To complete the game CIOs will have to mediate between the internal security team and the expectations of the company board, including the chief executive.

Decisions are prefaced and followed up with dramatisations of a cyberattack scenario, with players forced to manage their resources in the form of virtual coins.

"As demonstrated in the simulation, it is vital that companies invest in proper tools to mitigate potential risks and include security teams in decision making processes early to determine the appropriate strategy and resources necessary to reduce fallout from a cyberattack," Ferguson said.

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