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Game Day Cyber42: CISO For A Day

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT (2021-04-27 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Chris Denney, Joe Sullivan

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In this Game Day42: 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 a real-world scenarios that spur discussion, critical thinking of situations, and melding of different points of view and personalities that you will likely encounter at work.

Step into the role of a CISO and experience what it's like to be responsible for security budgets, programs, and outcomes. In this simulation, you will be faced with how best to implement strategic security initiatives that align security with the goals of an organization. You will experience what it's 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. It's not just about implementing security controls, it's 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.


  1. WEBCAST - will be accessed via your SANS portal account
  2. SLACK - will be used to interact with other players, leaders, and SANS staff for support - set up instructions provided in Pre-Event Prep email and on the webcast
  3. Cyber42 Web App online game link will be provided at the game Day for attendees


Speaker Bios

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.



Chris Denney

Christopher Denney is a cybersecurity professional with 25+ years of combined security operations experience. During this time, Christopher has worked for government entities and financial institutions striving to mitigate risks and threats at all levels internally and externally. Christopher holds several certifications including GSEC, GCCC, and CISSP from ISC2.

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