PwC launches “Game of Threats” in the Midlands to help combat cyber-security issues

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With nearly three quarters of UK CEOs regarding cyber security as one of the top three risks to their organisations, along with over-regulation and geopolitical uncertainty, it’s clear that increasing cyber threats and the number of recent public breaches is moving cyber security up the list of top business priorities. But if systems were breached and time was ticking, would boards and leadership teams be ready to respond?

PwC’s Game of Threats™ – an interactive cyber breach simulation for senior executives – has been launched and PwC in the Midlands is one of three expert delivery centres for Game of Threats in the UK. The head-to-head digital card game pits teams of attackers against defenders and is designed to simulate the experience that leadership teams could realistically face in the midst of a cyber attack.

The game was developed by PwC based on experience of real life cyber attacks clients had faced. Designed to be a non-technical introduction to cyber security, the game sees each team interact with a tablet controller and choose from a number of attack or response cards to play. Through 12 rounds of quick, high-impact decision-making, players face similar pressures to a real cyber attack. Senior executives are given the chance to explore various strategies and familiarise themselves with cyber terminology, whilst seeing the impact of their moves in real time and facing constraints on time, resources and information.

Run as part of a workshop and education session with PwC’s cyber security experts, Game of Threats helps leadership teams assess and enhance their readiness for cyber incidents.

Chris Wight, risk assurance partner at PwC in the Midlands, said: “Cyber security requires leadership and engagement from the very top of a business and is no longer merely a topic for IT. Game of Threats is intended to raise awareness amongst business leaders of the real and increasing nature of cyber threats. 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”.

Neil Ward, cyber security specialist at PwC in the Midlands, added: “The workshop allows participants to develop a better knowledge of the threat actors, tools and techniques which could threaten their systems and data. We then help players consider how best to prevent, detect and defend against such threats.

“We’ve taken some of the UK’s largest businesses through the game to date, tailoring it to best reflect their individual situation and risk profile. Game of Threats has helped these businesses gain a better understanding of the cyber threats they face, and serves as a good test of the efficacy of their current cyber security strategy”.