The payoff from cyber threat simulation is that by testing an organization’s security posture, many previously unknown vulnerabilities could be identified and resolved before cyber criminals discover them.
The idea behind a cyber threat simulation is that the more you know about the threats your organization faces, the less vulnerable you are to increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.
A cyber-attack simulation exercise exposes both known and unknown vulnerabilities by putting enterprise defenses under the same duress as in the real and evolving threat landscape.
There are various tools an organization can use to conduct cyber threat simulations and protect their digital crown jewels.
Simulation software for example is particularly useful for addressing domain characteristics of cybersecurity dynamics, which are fundamentally human and adversarial, encompassing a range of attacker, defender and user interactions.
Network simulations that include high-fidelity models of users, attackers, and/or defenders may be employed for running wargame training scenarios with realistic traffic and user-generated vulnerabilities.
Experts in this area believe that for a cyber threat simulation to be effective, you must think like a cyber attacker. This approach goes beyond traditional penetration testing, which often excludes the very tactics, assets, or locations most valuable to attackers.
It’s important to use information that is open source and available publicly to understand an attacker’s point of view. This enables organizations to quickly identify the security gaps in valued assets.
In other words, it’s essential to look at every attack surface vulnerability – because real-world cybercriminals surely will.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Cyber Threat Simulation Training, a 3-day course that covers principles of cyber threats, advanced cyber warfare and threat simulation principles. Cyber Threat Simulation Training is split into multiple parts consisting of basic cybersecurity, advanced cybersecurity, principles of cyber threat and hands-on threat simulation exercises.
Additionally, Tonex offers nearly three dozen more courses in Cybersecurity Foundation. This includes cutting edge courses like:
—Cybersecurity Fundamentals (2 days)
—Electric Grid Cybersecurity Master Certification (4 weeks)
—Network Security Training (2 days)
—Software Security Training (2 days)
—ICS Cybersecurity Training (4 days)
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