Here, the company’s management learns about IT security through virtual reality

Kaspersky has just expanded their e-learning concept to the company’s management, who need a deeper insight into how IT security plays into the business.

Initially, Kaspersky has built an electric power plant, where management can see for themselves how the chosen IT security strategy can in practice affect their business and customers.

What does IT security really mean for a company? There is probably an IT security manager or two who could well use help to explain his management or board. To make life a little easier for both the IT security manager and the management of a company, Kaspersky has created a virtual e-learning game that helps the management of a company understand how IT security affects the business and its customers.

They have just expanded their interactive business strategic IT security game with virtual reality, so that management can have a realistic and illustrative experience of how different IT security threats and choices can affect their business and customers. Initially, Kaspersky has built an electric power plant, where management can play to insights into the various consequences of the chosen IT security strategy.

Participants are divided into competing teams, and all are given different roles as IT security staff. Via VR, they take over the power plant’s control center, where they see a model of the power plant and each other’s avatars. In the game, they can see the power plant’s facilities and the city they need to supply power to. Their task will then be to create an IT security strategy that ensures that the power plant works and creates electricity, and thus revenue for the power plant. At the same time, they have to deal with various IT security incidents.

Each action affects the company’s budget and security situation and changes the game’s plot. The team that ends up with the best economy at the end of the game wins. If the strategy is inadequate, players will be able to see it with their own eyes. It can e.g. be that an IT attack has resulted in damaged equipment, causing a power failure, or broken cleaning filters, so that the air is poisoned.

Here, the company's management learns about IT security through virtual reality

Screenshot fra Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation

The game gives participants a good insight into how IT security affects the business.

After the shutdown, we moved the game ‘Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation’ to an online format. Although this was a great success, we could see that the participants lacked the physical inputs. With virtual reality, they can now both hear the explosion at the factory and go to the window and see it. Such an immersive experience increases the effectiveness of the training, ”says Denis Barinov, head of Kaspersky Academy.

Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation is part of the Kaspersky Security Awareness portfolio, which combines modern learning techniques with the company’s vast expertise in IT security.

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