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PwC launches cyber-breach simulation game for executives

Big four consultancy PwC has launched "Game of Threats" – an interactive game to teach senior executives the risks of cyber-attacks and encourage them to test how they would respond in real time.

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Would your board and leadership teams be ready to respond if cyber criminals hacked your business? A new game by PwC promises to test executives’ readiness for a cyber-breach by pitting teams of attackers against defenders. The consultancy claimed it simulates the experience that leadership teams could realistically face in an cyber attack.

The firm said it has based the game on experience of real-life cyber attacks faced by its clients. Players are put through 12 rounds of quick, high-impact decision-making, offering, it said, similar pressures to a real cyber attack. Senior executives can explore various strategies and familiarise themselves with cyber terminology, while seeing the impact of their moves in real time and facing constraints on time, resources and information.

The game, called “Game of Threats” is run as part of a workshop and education session with PwC’s cyber security experts.

"Cyber security requires leadership and engagement from the very top of a business and is no longer merely a topic for IT,” said Alex Petsopoulos, cyber security partner at PwC. “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.”

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PwC launches cyber-breach simulation game for executives

Big four consultancy PwC has launched "Game of Threats" – an interactive game to teach senior executives the risks of cyber-attacks and encourage them to test how they would respond in real time.

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