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  • Writer's pictureChristele Simeoni

Immersive Cybersecurity Training: Building Skills to Counter Threats

PEOPLE, THE WEAK LINK IN CYBERSECURITY


Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical issues in the modern world. Increasingly sophisticated computer attacks are multiplying.


We know that 80% * ( Source verizon) of cybersecurity issues come from the human, by pressing a button, by connecting a USB device, by accepting a connection, by following a link in a message or by flashing a QR code you can trigger a whole intrusion process!

It is in this context that prevention, information campaigns and training for users on the subject of cybersecurity are of paramount importance to protect data, systems and networks.

Immersive training, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), is proving to be an effective response to this growing demand in the cybersecurity sector by creating educational plots, situations that help to become aware of the danger and its consequences.


The Evolution of Cyber Security


Cybersecurity is an ever-changing field, with threats evolving as rapidly as digital technologies. Cybersecurity professionals need to be constantly up-to-date to deal with new attacks and vulnerabilities that are increasingly numerous and creative!

Traditional training, while useful, can sometimes be limited in its ability to simulate realistic scenarios and complex computer attacks and in people’s minds these attacks may seem abstract..



Key Figures:


📍 Retention of skills: According to a study conducted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), retention of skills after immersive training is on average 85%, compared to 20% for traditional training.


📍 Vulnerability Reduction: Organizations that have embraced immersive training have seen a 70% reduction in vulnerabilities exploited by attackers.


📍Reduced Detection Time: Professionals trained using immersive cybersecurity simulations have reduced the time it takes to detect an intrusion by 60%, enabling a faster response to threats.




Ideas for immersive scenarios in Cybersecurity?


Realistic Attack Simulations are generally imagined: Cybersecurity professionals can be immersed in virtual environments that faithfully reproduce real-world attack scenarios. They learn to detect, analyze and counter these attacks in a secure manner, without risking compromising real systems.


In addition, crisis management: Security incident response teams can train themselves to manage cybersecurity crises in real time in a virtual environment. This prepares them to react effectively when a real attack occurs.


Security Awareness: Employees can follow security awareness sessions in immersive learning, where potential threats are integrated into their daily environment, this allows them to better understand potential situations and increases vigilance against security risks.


The Impact on Global Cybersecurity


Immersive training in the cybersecurity industry offers several advantages. First, it enables cybersecurity professionals to develop and maintain their skills more effectively, which strengthens the organization’s security posture. By reducing vulnerabilities and accelerating threat detection, it helps protect data and systems from attacks.

Immersive training also raises employee awareness of safety issues, reducing the risk of human error. Key figures show that this training approach is not only effective, but also has a positive impact on overall safety.


📍 We asked ARCHIE, our intelligent assistant, for a top 10 of common human errors and their consequences and ideas for creating pedagogical scenarios:


Use of Weak or Reused Passwords: Using weak or reused passwords for different online accounts may result in unauthorized access to your personal and financial information.

👉 Consequences: Risk of online account hacking, identity theft and financial loss.


Phishing Link Clicks: Clicking on links in suspicious emails or text messages can lead to phishing sites that steal your login credentials.

👉 Consequences: Loss of access to online accounts, theft of personal and financial information.


Downloading Unsecured Software: Downloading software from unverified sources or dubious sites can introduce malware to your computer or smartphone.

👉 Consequences: Infection with viruses, malware or ransomware, data loss.


Lack of Updates: Do not regularly update your operating system, applications and antivirus exposes your device to security vulnerabilities.

👉 Consequences: Increased risk of cybercriminals exploiting security vulnerabilities.


Excessive Sharing of Personal Information Online: Sharing sensitive personal information on social networks can make this data accessible to malicious individuals.

👉 Consequences: Risk of identity theft, online harassment and scams.


Using Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: Connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks exposes your data to surveillance and hacking.

👉 Consequences: Risk of theft of sensitive information, including login credentials and financial data.


Improper Password Storage: Keeping passwords on post-its or in unsecured files makes it easier to access online accounts.

👉 Consequences: Risk of account hacking and theft of sensitive information.


Ignore security warnings: Ignoring security warnings from your browser or antivirus can lead to malware infections.

👉 Consequences: System infection, data loss and information theft.


Neglect of Connected Object Security Updates: Not updating connected objects at home, such as security cameras or smart thermostats, can make them vulnerable to attack.

👉 Consequences: Risk of hacking connected objects and compromise of privacy.


No Data Backup: Failure to perform regular backups of your data exposes it to the risk of loss in the event of hardware failure or ransomware attack.

👉 Consequence: Loss of data, including personal and professional files.







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