Kaspersky Lab’s Interactive Protection Simulation (KIPS) training goes online

Kaspersky Lab has announced the availability of its Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation Online training (KIPS Online). KIPS Online is a valuable addition to previously available and highly regarded KIPS Live offline cybersecurity training. Both Live and Online versions offer actionable security intelligence training for top-level business executives around the world.

KIPS Online brings cybersecurity awareness and real, actionable insight where it is needed most: to the top-level management of large corporations. Based on 20 years of Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity experience, Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation solves two essential senior management awareness challenges: the need to be prepared for swift, high-level reaction on cybersecurity incidents and a lack of time.

“General corporate cybersecurity awareness requires knowledge about threats, attack scenarios and the means to avoid compromise. But at the highest management level, the most important key to successful incident response and mitigation is teamwork.” Slava Borilin, Security Awareness Program Manager, Kaspersky Lab, says.  ”We took this into account when we started working on KIPS, by choosing a non-standard route – using entertaining, but very relevant and insightful games that typically take only two hours, ” he adds.

The goal according to Slava Borilin is not to train managers on the threat landscape as they do not want to replace security officers. The goal that KIPS fulfills, he says is to help managers cooperate better in the event of a cybersecurity threat and to save money on incident recovery costs. ”With KIPS Online we bring the much-required flexibility to the training process and the ability to involve senior management at large multi-national corporations”.

According to Kaspersky Lab’s Corporate IT Security Risks survey, 51% of enterprises globally agreed that it is difficult to demonstrate the return-on-investment when it comes to IT security. At senior management level, quick and coordinated action helps save on IT Security costs, and one of the main goals of KIPS Live and KIPS Online is to demonstrate this capability. During the training, participants are tasked with operating an interactive facility and the goal of different teams is to retain financial health while dealing with cybersecurity challenges. The game scenario features real-life challenges that extend beyond the issues faced by interactive operators.

Prior to the global launch, in December 2016 Kaspersky Lab conducted a global KIPS Online tournament, inviting enterprise customers and media around the world to take part, with a total of 270 teams from 40 countries attending the game. This was the major test-drive for the KIPS Online platform, that turned out to be highly successful. KIPS Winter Series also successfully proved the capability of KIPS Online to engage large teams (up to several hundred people). Kaspersky Lab’s goal is to spread awareness, which is why special kits are available for security service providers and other institutions to conduct the training independently.

KIPS Online and KIPS Live are part of the Security Awareness Training family of Kaspersky Lab services and can be requested from Kaspersky Lab and its resellers globally.

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