NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CyberGym today announced the opening of its first U.S. cyber training and technology arena, the latest in its global network of facilities where organizations use an emulation of their critical systems to test their people and qualify their cybersecurity technologies and policies.
Located in Manhattan, CyberGym NYC will feature human-centered training and qualification programs based on models of the latest cyber attacks against financial, insurance, critical infrastructure, utility and government organizations. The arena becomes part of the network of CyberGym World Cyber Warfare Arenas, which span across Europe, Asia and Australia.
“CyberGym NYC is bringing sophisticated cybersecurity training and technologies with the benefit of a remote arena so more organizations can safely train against real-world cyber-attack scenarios,” said Ofir Hason, CEO CyberGym. “Our proprietary technologies allow us to bring cyber attacks to life so an organization can have a critical understanding of their cyber defense capabilities.”
Each CyberGym training arena is designed to mirror the IT and OT of a client, which provides realistic scenarios without the risk of exposing the actual network. Organizations such as NATO, Hitachi, Millennium BCP Bank, and the Israeli Electric Corporation train their employees using CyberGym’s head-to-head, red team versus blue team attack scenarios. CyberGym NYC’s unique connection to the World Cyber Warfare Arena network provides organizations the use of multiple facilities for training scenarios against international teams of cyber experts and hackers from the company’s global facilities.
“We couldn’t risk waiting for a real cyber breach to know whether bad decisions would open the door to our network, or that wrong decisions would prevent us from shutting it,” said Antonio Martinez Da Costa, Chief Information Officer for EDP, the Portugal Power Generation Supplier. “CyberGym tested our defense and employees in real situations that allowed us to map our weak spots and develop an annual plan to monitor and defend our actual operations.”
CyberGym programs are developed, and continuously updated, based on real operational experience and knowledge of emerging threats. That includes former professionals of Unit 8200, the Israel Defense Force Intelligence Technology Unit, as well as architects of the cyber defense strategy that protects the Israeli Electricity Corporation, one of the most attacked utility organizations worldwide.
“As cyber attacks grow increasingly sophisticated, along with the potential damages and costs to defend against a breach, training people to defend the network is as important as any investment in technology,” says Norihiko Ishihara, CyberGym NYC Chairman and CEO. “As we’ve seen time and again, the human factor is the weakest link in both prevention and mitigation, so our core focus is training people.”
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Founded in 2013, CyberGym conducts cyber-warfare preparedness training for government and private enterprises with a global network of connected arenas, offering programs that focus on the human factor. Led by teams of international intelligence veterans, CyberGym provides tailored, scenario-based training that enables service providers, utility organizations and governments to build comprehensive training and qualification programs. CyberGym’s training programs and complementary services aim to generate a long-lasting, sustainable impact on the organization's cyber-readiness, brand safety and overall market-value. As focused and efficient tools in corporate cyber strategy, our solutions generate substantial savings and minimize the risk of a cyber breach and the damages caused by cyberattacks. The human-centered and human-first approach has the deepest impact on personnel at all organizational levels.