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PwC launches cyber breach simulation game

Sep 26
Tags: Change Management, PwC
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PwC launches cyber breach simulation game

With cyber security growing in prominence as a concern for businesses, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a new interactive resource that could prove useful for tech consultants and senior executives.

Game of Threats is a head-to-head digital card game designed to simulate the experience that leadership teams could face during a cyber attack.

According to PwC's 19th annual Global CEO Survey, released earlier this year, nearly three-quarters of UK chief executives see cyber security as one of the top three risks to their organisation, along with over-regulation and geopolitical uncertainty.

Developed by the firm based on real-life cyber attacks its clients had faced, Game of Threats pits teams of attackers and defenders against each other, with players picking from a selection of attack and response cards to play. It takes place over 12 rounds requiring rapid decision-making, which are structured to replicate some of the pressures of a real cyber attack.

The game is intended to be a non-technical introduction to cyber security, giving participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with relevant terminology and see the consequences of their actions in real time.

It's also designed to help businesses understand how secure their organisation is against certain threats and recognise the wide-ranging damage a cyber attack can cause.

Alex Petsopoulos, cyber security partner at PwC, said cyber security is "no longer merely a topic for IT" and now requires leadership from the highest levels of business.

"Game of Threats is intended to raise awareness amongst business leaders of the real and increasing nature of cyber threats," he added. "The workshop challenges clients to answer questions about how they would cope in a real situation, educating a senior leadership team on current cyber issues, crisis decision-making and associated communications techniques."

The firm's cyber security director, Christian Arndt, said the game has already helped some of the UK's biggest businesses gain a better understanding of the threats they face.

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