Gamification: An Innovative Method to Counter Cybersecurity Threats

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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The preceding year witnessed some serious security breaches with WannaCry ransomware—a new form of a virus—attacking computers systems that ran Microsoft Windows across myriad organizations. The need of the hour for companies—whether a multi-billion dollar company or a start-up—is to implement effective security solutions that address these challenges. One such solution with a potential to fix this security concern is gamification, a process that harnesses gaming mechanics in a non-game environment, helping to protect confidential data and systems surrounded by cybersecurity threats.

According to a PwC survey report, cybersecurity threat ranks at number four in the list of threats deterring business growth. As the cybersecurity woes grow, so will the demand for professionals who can protect enterprises from malicious attacks. By 2021, this industry will witness about 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions across the globe, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Hunting for cybersecurity talent could present organizations with numerous challenges. While on the other hand, gaming as an ideal medium, could help fix them. For instance, organizing gaming events like Capture the Flag or CTF—where professionals compete with one another to crack the given code in the shortest time, are a perfect idea to scoop the best talent in the industry.

Apart from innovative hiring methods, enterprises need to implement cybersecurity education solutions that are robust, offer real-life experiences, and that equip security professionals with latest defensive techniques, skills, and tactics. Such an initiative will enable participants to identify potential cyberthreats.