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Symantec Launches Cyber Readiness Challenge for Corporate India

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symantec_logoSymantec will be hosting Cyber Readiness Challenge (CRC) in India for the first time on Wednesday, 03 September at the Vivanta by Taj on M.G Road, Bangalore. The CRC is an immersive, interactive ‘capture the flag’ competition that models scenarios based on the current threat landscape using realistic IT infrastructure. A first of its kind by a security vendor, the CRC has already seen participation from hundreds of enterprises across the globe and will be launched in Mumbai and Delhi next.

As targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) that are capable of stealing financial/customer data and intellectual property, by compromising critical information assets become more real for organizations, the need for increased security awareness and strong protection against threats has never been stronger.

Symantec’s CRC is designed to enable security experts in organizations to experience new attack methods with the latest technologies. Designed for many levels of technical skill and experience, it puts participants in the hacker’s shoes to better understand their targets, technology and thought processes so they can ultimately better protect their organization and themselves. By completing security-related challenges to capture the most flags, the participants sharpen their ethical hacking and cyber-forensic skills and raise their awareness of cyber security targets.

Commenting on the launch of the challenge in India, Sanjay Rohatgi, President, Sales – Symantec India, said, “The Symantec 2014 Internet Security Threat Report  revealed how despite stepping up their information security measures, large enterprises in India continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals, with over 69 percent of the targeted attacks in India carried out against them. The CRC that is modeled on real life security scenarios provides an opportunity for IT and security experts to experience and formulate effective security strategies against future cyber attacks.”

The challenge will see IT and cyber security experts from over 25 companies including top banks, IT services, automobile and media enterprises in Bangalore sharpen their security and cyber forensic skills and deepen awareness of cyber attackers’ targets and tactics. The four hour competition will include five stages; reconnaissance, incursion, discovery, capture and exfiltration.  Upon completion of the competition, the teams will be ranked according to the amount of points they have scored in the shortest time.

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