LightCyber game lets IT pros become the attacker

A better appreciation of how adversaries think can lead to better security


It’s only a game, but LightCyber hopes its Cyber Attack Training System (CATS) helps IT folks think like attackers in order to better defend their networks.

The online game sets players up with stolen login credentials for a networked machine and turns them loose with Metasploit tools. The idea is for security pros to discover and compromise other devices on the network with the goal of capturing a specific file.

Public access to CATS is available for 12 hours only on Nov. 10 and is open to anyone who can provide a legitimate corporate email address. The first 100 players who successfully find the target file win a black hoodie.

The game will give network security pros who spend their days searching logs for indicators of compromise the chance to better understand the mindset of attackers so they are better prepared to search for their footprints.

CATS was designed to show LightCyber customers and partners how typical attacks might unfold inside corporate networks once a single machine has been compromised.

The game itself offers no instruction in how to use attack tools, but the company in conjunction with the SANS Institute is offering a free follow-on Webinar to teach how players might have used the tools they had available.

Anyone interested beyond that can link up with the company’s sales team for product pitches.

This story, "LightCyber game lets IT pros become the attacker" was originally published by Network World.