New game trains learners to fight cyber threats

by L&D08 Mar 2017

A company has launched an interactive new game to train learners how to combat cyber-security threats.

The training game – called Zero Threat – was launched by Eukleia, a specialist Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) training consultancy in collaboration with game experts, Preloaded.

Here’s how it works.

Learners are placed in control of a network made up of both technology and people, full of valuable data which the learner must protect from a relentless onslaught of cyber-threats.

These threats are based on real cyber-criminal tactics, like social engineering and phishing. To stop them, the learner must ‘play’ countermeasures, and these too are closely based on the security measures employees need to be taking in real life.

Every action players can take in the game is associated with cyber-security good practice, and when threats hit, visual effects provide instant feedback.

By integrating gameplay and learning, Zero Threat is able to keep learners playing and help them to build good cyber-security habits that are directly applicable in a day-to-day work environment.

The Zero Threat game has been previewed at this year’s Learning Technologies show in London and with leading clients in the UK and the US, where it has been very well-received.

According to a report last year, the top three cyber-security risks facing organisations in the next five years are spying/ransomware (49%), data abuse/data integrity (49%), and cyber-crime (46%).

The days when IT security was perceived as just an IT problem are over, said David Jones, Senior Managing Director Robert Half Asia Pacific.

“In order to successfully confront a proliferating breed of cyber-attackers, companies need a resilient cyber-security strategy that brings together the right mix of technology and people,” said Jones.

In response to the cyber-attackers, 22% of Australian CIOs said they will be adding new permanent IT security professionals to their team in the next 12 months.

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