Guest Event: Nozomi Networks Inc. announced today that it will host a virtual cyber war games event to bring together Australia’s best cyber talent and stop cybercriminals aiming to take down a critical piece of national critical infrastructure.

Operation Cyber ​​Crisis will consist of two increasingly difficult cyber threat scenarios targeting industrial systems and critical infrastructure. Challenges will include elements of cyber reconnaissance, operations security and malware analysis, putting teams in tough situations to truly assess their decision-making abilities under stress. Participants will be sent a challenge coin after the event.

The program will be run and managed by retired United States Marine Corps Colonel Bill Hagestad II, a China cyber espionage expert who has worked extensively with the FBI and the SANS organization.

“Operation Cyber ​​Crisis isn’t just fun, it’s about testing your cyber skills and increasing your preparedness in the face of an attack,” Hagestad said. “The crisis management team has built the game based on real-world threats and is on hand to analyze and evaluate every move the teams make. It is a game of strategy and skill, but more importantly it shows the participants how their cyber skills will hold up in the face of a serious threat.”

The Games will be an opportunity for Australia’s top cyber minds to flex their problem-solving muscles and demonstrate and evaluate the best ways to counter incoming attacks. According to Amin Al-Majoub, regional manager of Nozomi Networks ANZ, practicing for real-world incidents increases experts’ cyber resilience, helping them be better prepared for a critical and rapidly evolving cyber landscape.

“With Australia set to fill 30,000 cyber roles over the next few years, the quality of training at all levels becomes critical. It’s a series of life-like scenarios that bring together multiple attack methods and will be an invaluable experience for any cyber professional trying to understand what might happen in the trenches.”

Other members of the crisis control team will include former Queensland Police fraud and cybercrime operational commander Brian Hay, former US Department of Justice federal prosecutor Jonathan Rush and Nozomi Networks director of cyber security strategy Chris Grove.

The virtual event will be held on Thursday December 1, AEDT from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Interested participants and spectators can register here.

About the Nozomi Network

Nozomi Networks accelerates digital transformation by protecting the world’s critical infrastructure, industrial and government organizations from cyber threats. Our solution provides exceptional network and asset visibility, threat detection and insight for OT and IoT environments. Customers rely on us to reduce risk and complexity while increasing operational flexibility.

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