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Game Day! Cyber42: CISO For A Day

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM EST (2021-01-26 15:30:00 UTC)
  • Joe Sullivan, Frank Kim

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In this Game Day Cyber42: CISO For A Day, players work for a fictional company building and leading its security program. The goal is to align security capabilities to strategic objectives in order to ensure the security program is helping to meet business goals. In this 90-minute game day you will play individually yet have open communication with other players and SANS staff through a Slack channel to promote discussion and support, as needed. During the game, as adapted for the topics in MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, you will see that the actions you choose can have uncertain outcomes and even unintended consequences! This interactive simulation puts you in real-world scenarios that spur discussion, critical thinking of situations, and melding of different points of view and personalities that you likely will encounter at work.

Step into the role of CISO and experience what its like to be responsible for security budgets, programs, and outcomes. In this simulation, you will be faced with how to best implement strategic security initiatives that align security with the goals of the organization. You will experience what its like to lead security teams, manage expectations, implement technical and administrative controls to enable the organization to conduct business securely.

Winning the game is simple. You need to have the highest score, which represents how well you adapted and implemented your security program. Its not just about implementing security controls, its about changing behaviors and culture to create lasting improvements.

The Cyber42 game was originally developed for MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers and is now part of four SANS Cybersecurity Management courses. Free Cyber42 Game Days are offered monthly to the entire community. Review the 2021 schedule here.


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Speaker Bios

Frank Kim

Frank is the Founder of ThinkSec, a security consulting and CISO advisory firm, as well as a SANS Fellow and lead for both the SANS Management and SANS Cloud Security curricula, overseeing two dozen SANS courses in the two fastest growing curricula. Previously, as CISO at the SANS Institute, Frank led the information risk function for the most trusted source of computer security training and certification in the world. Frank is also the author and instructor of MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, and co-author of SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation. Learn more about Frank here.

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan has over 20 years of experience in information security. Joe is Principal Consultant at Rural Sourcing in Oklahoma City where he manages and develops the security consulting services and the teams that provide them. Over his career Joe has worked in incident response, penetration testing, systems administration, network architecture, forensics, and is a private investigator specializing in computer crime investigations. Joe teaches MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Learn more about Joe here.



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