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It is needless to say that cyberspace is an ever-evolving battlefield. On the one side of the fence, organizations are constantly upgrading their technology and tools to safeguard themselves from the burgeoning threat landscape. On the other, cybercriminals are continually evolving their strategies and attack vectors to identify weak links and overcome the security frameworks. While organizations have to cover for every contingency in this relentless fight, cybercriminals only need to slip past the defenses once!
Thus, it is becoming increasingly imperative for organizations to fortify their three strategic cybersecurity pillars—technologies, processes, and people—to protect themselves from modern cyber threats. In this trinity, however, the chink in the armor has often been the latter—people. On many occasions, it has been found that employees have been playing a prominent role in making their organizations vulnerable, especially in regard to many of the recent ransomware attacks.
This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Organizations can indeed transform these weakest links into their greatest assets and the strongest line of defense by cyber-training them to anticipate, mitigate, and defend today’s sophisticated cyberattacks. What they need to achieve this is superior knowledge, tools, and training relevant to the current threat landscape.
Interestingly, a firm that is making great strides on that front in the cyber domain is CYBERGYM. Founded in 2013, CYBERGYM offers a whole range of cyber readiness solutions for an organization’s entire workforce. Leaning on the leading-edge technologies, tools, and training, CYBERGYM empowers organizations of all sizes to stay cyber resilient for even the most advanced cyber threats of today. “Our tailored cyber-training solutions offer a unique opportunity for the entire workforce of an organization—from administrative staff and IT professionals to C-suite executives—to train with real, life-like simulations of advanced cyberattacks in a risk-free environment,” says Norihiko Ishihara, CEO of VLC Holdings Co., Ltd. and CYBERGYM Japan Co., Ltd. “It enables them to experience the actual battlefield while training and amply prepares them for the threats ahead,” Ishihara adds.
To facilitate such highly impactful cyber-training programs, CYBERGYM combines the expertise of professional ex-intelligence hackers with the technological capabilities of its state-of-the-art training facilities spread across the world.
What’s driving CYBERGYM further ahead of its competition is the expansive range of training programs that it delivers across different platforms to suit the varied client requirements—be it the client’s size, number of trainees, or available space and budget. Besides, the team at CYBERGYM can design cyber-training programs to suit the client’s technology configurations and its employees’ cyber readiness.
For example, CyberGround is a training facility that CYBERGYM sets up for enterprises at their premises. Through CyberGround, CYBERGYM trains participants on real-life cyberattack scenarios pertaining to the operational and organizational network infrastructure of the client’s OT or IT environment. An enterprise can cover all its cybersecurity training requirements through CyberGround, including the basic awareness training of general employees, crisis management training of executives and senior managers, and advanced security operations center (SOC) intrusion detection tactics training of cybersecurity professionals.
Meanwhile, CYBERGYM’s CyberFrame offers investors, service providers, governments, and integrators an opportunity to monetize the tried-and-tested solutions of CYBERGYM and run their own cybersecurity training facilities within their premises. By leaning on CYBERGYM’s know-how, technologies, and tools, they can provide training to their employees as well as clients. Through CyberFrame, the clients get the opportunity to leverage CYBERGYM’s global network of training facilities and gain access to the company’s centers of excellence specialized in different industry verticals.
CYBERGYM also has a platform for smaller organizations—CyberPod. With CyberPod, organi¬zations can connect to one of the cyber training arenas in CYBERGYM’s global network via VPN and access vari¬ous on-site training programs for their employees. Besides these on-site training models, CYBERGYM offers sub¬scription-based remote training as well. CYBERGYM’s Virtual Cloud Arena powered by Microsoft Azure facili¬tates these remote training programs for the employees working from home.
The One-Stop-Shop for Cyber Resiliency
Owing to such competencies, CYBERGYM has already established an extensive client base not just in the APAC region but around the world. Meanwhile, CYBERGYM is also planning to further expand its business in Asia, especially in South East Asia, India, and Taiwan. How the company aided one of the major corporations in Israel in becoming cyber resilient can be a perfect testament to CYBERGYM’s efficiency. From aiding the corporation in hiring their cybersecurity engineers and providing them on-the-job (OJT) training to helping them set up a SOC and creating cybersecurity policies, CYBERGYM helped the corporation tremendously in fortifying its business in the cyberworld. CYBERGYM is currently aiding many governmental agencies across the APAC region in implementing cybersecurity certification and training programs and enhancing their cybersecurity policies.
To facilitate such highly impactful cyber-training programs, CYBERGYM combines the expertise of professional ex-intelligence hackers with the technological capabilities of its state-of-the-art training facilities spread across the world
Today, as organizations across the APAC region are increasingly embracing the relevance of cybersecurity, CYBERGYM has an ever-more prominent role to play in the domain. Ishihara cites that cyber resiliency has essentially and swiftly become a must-have for organizations across different sectors. “Take the financial services industry, for instance. Cybersecurity due diligence has become a necessity for them in the wake of increasing cyberattacks aimed at them. CYBERGYM, with its vast expertise, wishes to be a game-changer for such sectors by empowering them to foster a cyber-ready workforce,” concludes Ishihara.