Spire Solutions Intros Gamified Industrial Training Sessions

Recent cyberattacks such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and TRITON continue to threaten Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Operational Technology (OT) networks increasing the risk of costly production outages, safety failures, environmental incidents and theft. According to Gartner insights on OT Security Hygiene, 2018, “by 2021, disruptive attacks on unsecured OT networks will have led to environmental damage or/and harm to people.”

As most malware incidents in ICS/OT systems are caused by inappropriate human activity, an understanding of ICS Red Team/Blue Team capabilities is required to prevent security incidents. Training plays a pivotal role to protect against malware infections to Industrial Control Systems. To address customers’ challenges related to industrial cybersecurity capabilities and improve overall resiliency in the region, Spire Solutions has signed a strategic partnership with ThreatGEN, founded in the US by world-renowned industrial cybersecurity experts.

This new cooperation brings the region’s first ICS cyber security training to the Middle East, that leverages cutting-edge computer gaming and simulation technology. The first training will be conducted in Dubai from July 8th to 11th, 2019.

“The Middle East represents such an important economic region of the world, with energy organizations at the forefront. Protecting those organizations’ industrial control systems is paramount to safety and continued economic growth. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Spire Solutions and to be a part of the mission to secure industrial control systems and train the workforce”, commented Clint Bodungen, Founder/President & CEO at ThreatGEN.

“Security awareness and training is the most fundamental component of an organization’s overall security posture and risk mitigation strategy. Learning cybersecurity from a hacker’s perspective is critical when it comes to understanding how attackers think. Based on computer gaming technology, our ICS Red Team/Blue Team Training course will provide local organizations’ teams with an opportunity to learn adversarial tactics in conjunction with defensive methods,” said Avinash Advani, CEO at Spire Solutions.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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