Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend Circadence’s Cyber Learning Tour at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago. This event was hosted by Laura Lee, VP of Rapid Prototyping, and one of the lead creators of the Project Ares training platform.
The opportunity to attend this event and hear from the brains behind Project Ares was an eye-opening experience for me. The passion that Laura spoke with was something that I could relate to. As someone who personally advocates for introducing more people to information technology and more specifically cybersecurity, it was amazing to hear Laura Lee talk about how she utilizes Project Ares in schools as early as middle school to educate students on not only the importance of cybersecurity but also real-world scenarios. Hearing Laura talk about kids using Metasploit, Nmap, Wireshark and learning how to defend simulated cyber-attacks or infiltrating networks with Project Ares is taking learning to a whole new level.
One of the more interesting topics Laura brought up about the platform is the scoring capability and how it works within the learning environment. She often finds students begin competing against each other on the platform by going through missions and assessments over and over again to see who can get the better score. This brings another avenue of excitement and energy to cybersecurity that could lead to more exposure with things such as e-sports using Project Ares.
The fact that Circadence has created a learning environment that brings gamification, cybersecurity, and training to the same platform is ground-breaking to me. Here is a platform that will simulate real-world scenarios like bank networks, power grids, and other enterprise networks and you either must attack (red team) or defend (blue team) using real-world skills and tools. If you’re a rookie at cybersecurity, Project Ares offers a variety of battle rooms and assessments that will help get you up to speed.
To hear more about why gamification and AI-powered cyber learning is the future of cybersecurity skill building, check out one of their other Cyber Learning Tour stops here: https://marketing.circadence.com/acton/media/36273/cyber-learning-tour-with-microsoft.
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