The latest stop on the Symantec-sponsored series of Cyber Readiness Challenge events was New York City where close to 80 people gathered on March 20, 2013 to talk about cyber security and test their knowledge. To help organizations better understand cybercriminals, and improve businesses’ ability to defend against today’s threats, Symantec has hosted games in Toronto, Chicago and Mountain View, California. The competition pits users against each other in a capture-the-flag style environment to perform a series of tasks attacking and defending simulated data centers. Hints are available to assist players with less experience so that they can still participate and have fun tackling the adventure.
Clint Sand, senior director of Symantec’s Security Business Practice, started the evening with a speech about recent attack trends that Symantec has observed. Sand shared insight on the concept of an attack or threat not being singular: “It’s not stop the virus, and threat is gone,” he said. “Today’s attacks on organizations are ongoing and sustained. They’re persistent.”
Symantec partner Novacoast not only helped sponsor the event, but their security experts earned first, second and third place in the contest. Congratulations to David Parker, Adam Gray and Jeremy Loeppke who played as “Lambshanks” apparently inspired by the passed hors d’oeurves. By working cooperatively, mimicking real attackers, they were able to venture far in the game. And in a true display of teamwork, Gray opted to pass his prize to his co-worker saying, “It’s his birthday.”
“This game is about more than white hats demonstrating the strength of their ability,” added Sand. “We want people to explore how well their skill stacks up against their peers which, in turn, helps reveal areas where they should focus on for improvement.”
Symantec was also pleased to have NPower on hand to encourage social responsibility in the technology community. NPower enables tech professionals to volunteer for causes they care about.
More Cyber Readiness Challenge exercises are planned for the coming months.