China cyber espionage expert to host ‘cyber war games’ in Australia

Nozomi Networks Inc. announced it will host a virtual cyber war games event to bring together Australia’s best cyber talent and stop cybercriminals aiming to take down a key piece of national critical infrastructure. Operation Cyber Crisis will comprise two increasingly difficult cyber threat scenarios targeted against industrial systems and critical infrastructure.

What will happen at the cyber war games?

The challenges will incorporate elements of cyber reconnaissance, operations security, and malware analysis, putting the teams in tough scenarios to assess their decision-making abilities under stress. Participants will be sent a challenge coin after the event. The event will be managed by Retired Colonel United States Marine Corps (USMC), Bill Hagestad II, a China Cyber Espionage Expert who has worked extensively with the FBI and the SANS Institute.

The games will be an opportunity for Australia’s top cyber minds to flex their problem-solving muscles and assess the best ways to counter incoming attacks. Practicing for real-world events builds up specialists’ cyber resilience, helping them be better prepared for the evolving cyber landscape, says Ameen Al-Majzoub, Regional Manager, ANZ, Nozomi Networks.

What is the purpose of the cyber war games?

“Operation Cyber Crisis is more than just fun, it’s about testing your cyber skills and building up your preparedness in the face of an attack. The crisis control team has formulated the game based on real-world threats and are on hand to analyse and evaluate each move the teams make. It’s a game of strategy and skill, but most importantly it shows the participants how their cyber skills will hold up when confronted with a serious threat,” said Hagestad.

“As Australia looks to fill up to 30,000 cyber roles in the next few years, quality of training at all levels becomes so important. This is a series of lifelike scenarios combining multiple attack methodologies together and will be an invaluable experience for any cyber pros looking to gain an understanding of what can happen in the trenches,” Ameen Al-Majzoub said.

Other members of the crisis control team will include former Queensland Police Operational Commander of Fraud and Cybercrime, Brian Hay; Former US Department of Justice Federal Prosecutor, Jonathan Rusch; and Nozomi Networks’ Director of Cybersecurity Strategy, Chris Grove. The virtual event will be held on Thursday 1 December, 2022, AEDT from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Interested participants and spectators can register for the event here.