PenQuest: An adversarial cyber security game for education and threat assessment

Speaker: Robert Luh , University of Vienna

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Event Type: Seminar

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Host: Srini Devadas, CSAIL

Contact: Kyle L Hogan,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: PenQuest: An adversarial cyber security game for education and threat assessment

The complex interplay of attack techniques and possible countermeasures often makes it difficult to appropriately plan, implement, and evaluate an organization’s defense. In this talk, we introduce PenQuest, a meta model-turned-strategy game that is designed to present a complete view on information system attacks and their mitigation while providing a tool for both data enrichment and security education. PenQuest simulates attacker & defender behavior as part of a dynamic, imperfect information multiplayer game that derives its ruleset from established information security sources such as MITRE ATT&CK, STIX, and NIST SP 800-53. Attack techniques, vulnerabilities, and mitigating controls are mapped to game elements such as player actions or equipment. The gamified model considers and defines a wide range of actors, assets, and actions, thereby enabling the assessment of cyber risks while giving security practitioners the opportunity to explore specific attack scenarios in the context of an abstracted IT infrastructure.

We are currently implementing PenQuest as a digital multi-player game, which we are happy to introduce in this talk.

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