Training, AI/ML

Immersive Labs Addresses Cybersecurity’s Human Element

Immersive Labs, a gamification cybersecurity trainer, has expanded its artificial intelligence (AI)-ready platform across organizations through its new Workforce Exercising solution.

The people-friendly solution aims to address the “human element” of cybersecurity to help mitigate the nearly three quarters of breaches related to security missteps by employees, Immersive said. The Workforce Exercising solution also applies behavioral science techniques using relatable content and labs to immerse employees in vital cyber capabilities and best practices.

Employees are asked to complete exercises as the solution gives a color-coded dashboard to chief information and security officers (CISOs) featuring percentages of risk by security topic. These include social engineering, physical security, and phishing across teams and individuals.

It also provides a detailed breakdown of risk by team and individuals, pinpointing where more upskilling is needed, Immersive said. The Workforce Exercising platform enables organizations to use the Immersive Labs Platform to upskill their people and to view their overall resilience score against industry benchmarks and best practices.

Knowing Your Cyber Resilience Score

In May 2023, Immersive Labs developed a Resilience Score that measures an organization’s workforce preparedness for cyberattacks and breaches, based on its benchmarking data across industry verticals.

The score is intended to help organizations identify weaknesses in their teams’ cyber capabilities, address skills gaps to prevent or mitigate damage to their revenues and brand reputations. The score can also contribute to factors that can lower insurance premiums.

Immersive Labs provides these tailored learning experiences:

  • Broad and targeted learning opportunities are offered for people in every role, filling the gaps left by traditional cybersecurity awareness training and using behavioral science techniques to drive measurable change in your workforce.
  • Crisis simulations and technical exercises combined go beyond typical tabletop exercises and unstructured cyber ranges, Immersive said. These tools allow leaders to engage teams, from boards and executives to the most technically-skilled personnel, in realistic scenarios and enhance decision-making skills.
  • Hands-On Labs offer a gamified learning environment, covering the full spectrum of cybersecurity, from offensive and defensive strategies to cloud and application security. These labs equip individuals with the skills and acumen to neutralize them.

Emphasizing the benefits, James Hadley, Immersive Labs chief executive and founder, said:

“With cyber threats continuing to mount against organizations and their people, leaders need confidence, backed by data, that their entire workforce is ready for the next attack. Our expanded, enterprise-class platform will give leaders full cyber skills and resilience coverage, so that they can rest assured their teams and individuals at every level are prepared to confront the latest threats at the speed of cyber.”

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.