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Kaspersky developed a game to teach diplomats how cyberattacks happen

Kaspersky developed a game to teach diplomats how cyberattacks happen
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Cybersecurity solutions provider Kaspersky has developed an online simulation game that will train professionals and diplomats without technical background to understand the nuances of a cyberattack.  

The simulation game, built in partnership with non-profit educational foundation DiploFoundation said that the game will help professionals understand the situation and develop an effective response to the attack.   

The concept is to ensure that non-technical personnel and diplomats in the governmental and international organisations realise the basics of how to prevent, evaluate and respond to threats in the cyberspace. 

“We’ve piloted the game with real cyber-diplomats, legal and policy experts, and have already received positive feedback, which makes us believe that by joining efforts in cyber-capacity building we can help achieve cyber-stability,” said Anastasiya Kazakova, Senior Public Affairs Manager at Kaspersky.  

The security training will be based on the Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation game, which has been designed in a fictional environment, imitating various cyberattacks against the United Nations, more specifically the UN First Committee, which deals with matters of international security and peace.   

The aim of the game will be to gather evidence and technical information about the intended target, the techniques applied, how severe the incident was and who were the main perpetrators.   

“The terms ‘cyber’ and ‘digital’ are not the favorite among diplomats. Yet, cyber and digital issues increasingly dominate the international agenda. A miscalculation could easily lead to the escalation of tensions between countries.  

Cyber-diplomats thus need to understand the technology that underpins our modern society,” said Vladimir Radunović, Director of Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy at DiploFoundation.   

The simulation game can be accessed by enterprises as part of the Kaspersky Security awareness portfolio. It can be played individually or in groups, online or on-site according to the global health situation.