Video: Security enthusiasts participate in Symantec's Cyber Readiness Challenge
Interactive event puts security professionals in attackers' shoes to
better understand the security threat landscape
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, November 6, security
enthusiasts participated in Symantec's Cyber Readiness Challenge at the Design Exchange in Toronto. The
event kicked off with a keynote presentation by Clint Sand, senior
director of Symantec's Security Business Practice, on the current
threat landscape, followed by an interactive "capture the flag" game
that saw the top player going home with a $2,500 (CAD) grand prize.
"Symantec's Cyber Security Challenge events help IT security
professionals better understand the threat landscape and how they can
protect their organizations," said Sand. "We are thrilled with the
turn out in Toronto; the number of people that attended this event
proves cyber security is a top issue in today's IT landscape and
demonstrates the need for education about threats and protection."
The game was designed to put participants in attackers' shoes to
understand their targets, technology and thought process so they can
ultimately better protect their organization or agency. With cyber
attacks on the rise, IT security should be a priority for IT
professionals around the world. Symantec's most recent Internet Security Threat Report revealed that globally, malicious attacks increased 81 per cent in
"Businesses of all shapes and sizes need to recognize cyber attacks
present a very real and immediate threat to their operations,"
continued Sand. "Cybercriminals are more determined, more sophisticated
and more effective at stealing sensitive information, making the
protection of business information more challenging than ever."
The Toronto challenge was part of a series of Cyber Readiness events to
be hosted by Symantec around the world. Upcoming events will be held in
Barcelona, Spain; Irvine, California; Mountain View, California;
Chicago, Illinois; and New York City, New York.
For more information about the event series please visit: http://www.symantec.com/theme.jsp?themeid=cyber-readiness-challenge.
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Video with caption: "Video: Security enthusiasts participate in Symantec's Cyber Readiness Challenge". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20121107_C5829_VIDEO_EN_20276.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20121107_C5829_PHOTO_EN_20276.jpg&clientName=Symantec%20Canada&caption=Video%3A%20Security%20enthusiasts%20participate%20in%20Symantec%27s%20Cyber%20Readiness%20Challenge&title=SYMANTEC%20CANADA%20%2D%20Security%20experts%20converge%20on%20Symantec%20Cyber%20Readiness%20Challenge&headline=Security%20experts%20converge%20on%20Symantec%20Cyber%20Readiness%20Challenge
Image with caption: "Winners of the Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge Tim Aplin, Shawn Marriott and Seth Hardy (CNW Group/Symantec Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C5829_PHOTO_EN_20274.jpg
Image with caption: "IT security professionals try their hand at capturing the flag at the Symantec Cyber Readiness Challenge. (CNW Group/Symantec Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121107_C5829_PHOTO_EN_20275.jpg
SOURCE: Symantec Canada
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