The Standoff: Worldwide Virtual Cyber Range Highlights Real-World Cyber Risks & Defensive Techniques

  • November 11, 2020
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The Standoff: Worldwide Virtual Cyber Range Highlights Real-World Cyber Risks & Defensive Techniques
The Standoff: Worldwide Virtual Cyber Range Highlights Real-World Cyber Risks & Defensive Techniques

Nov. 10, 2020 - Rapid digitalization continues to impact nearly all aspects of our lives. But along with the benefits come risks that didn’t exist prior to the interconnected digital world. From sensitive information disclosure to financial loss and risks to physical safety, the threats in the new digital paradigm are real. The Standoff aims to uncover these risks, empowering industry participants to address key issues and move towards a more secure tomorrow. This global event will be held from Nov. 12–17 across three continents.
The Standoff is an excellent example of collaboration between leading security and technology companies and conferences, including Positive Technologies, EPAM Systems, Microsoft, Cyber R&D Lab, and Hack In The Box. Attendees will see the best offensive and defensive cybersecurity teams in the world come together to enhance their skills in an online competition format. Would you like to join us to create a new approach to security analysis of new technologies and develop tools to model critical infrastructure threats without impacting the real world? If yes, then we are waiting for you at The Standoff.
If there were a way to know in advance how new technologies will interact with each other and how the activity of cybercriminals will affect them, the world would be a safer place. By launching The Standoff, we aim to create a platform for digital modeling of events, such as cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
One of the centerpieces of The Standoff is an online offensive/defensive competition in which defenders (blue teams) compete against attackers (red teams) to control the infrastructure of a simulated digital city. The exercise goes far beyond the standard Capture the Flag (CTF) format, in which participants only solve security-related tasks. Instead, at The Standoff, both sides get access to the real equipment and software that control the whole of modern urban life and have to hack or defend the infrastructure in real time.
Defending and attacking teams participating in The Standoff are often comprised of actual corporate teams that have taken the opportunity to improve their skills and gain unique experience. By competing at The Standoff, they gain a deep familiarity and training within days that might take months or even years in the real world.
Actions performed within The Standoff's cyber range can be analyzed and leveraged as a highly useful tool for threat modeling and assessment of the real level of security of specific technologies. These insights can be used by companies and governments to understand how a particular technology works in the real world and see the consequences of a successful cyberattack.
The Standoff’s unique virtual city environment contains actual infrastructure components representative of common real-world business and industrial systems, such as:
●      Port with rail terminal
●      Natural gas pumping station
●      Chemical plant and fire station
●      Oil refinery and storage facility (including wind turbines)
●      Amusement park
●      Airport
●      Electrical plant and substation
●      City business and financial center
These systems and platforms are simultaneously targets for the attacking teams to hack and valuable assets for defending teams to protect.
At the event site, there will be an active round-the-clock Security Operations Center (SOC) equipped with the latest security tools. The SOC, in conjunction with specialists from the Positive Technologies Expert Security Center (PT ESC), will help to make the virtual action at The Standoff visible to all.
At the same time, The Standoff is also a cybersecurity conference with talks, workshops, and demos from global cybersecurity experts. As a cybersecurity marathon under The Standoff brand, it will start in the U.S. and go through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, before ending in Russia. The Standoff unites different audiences and countries with one agenda and one idea—improving cybersecurity through real-world offensive and defensive exercises.
The Standoff provides a unique communication platform for instant text and video feedback from the audience, which can flip between channels in real time. All attendees will be able to track reactions, join the conversation, and expand their network by adding new connections.
This year will be the first time for The Standoff conference to arrive online in people's homes. It will provide all participants with an opportunity to share their experiences and gain valuable insights in achieving the core cybersecurity mission of making the world a safer place while strengthening trust in technology.
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About Positive Technologies

For 18 years, Positive Technologies has created innovative solutions for information security. We develop products and services to detect, verify, and neutralize the real-world business risks associated with corporate IT infrastructure. Our technologies are backed by years of research experience and the expertise of world-class cybersecurity experts. Over 2,000 companies in 30 countries trust us to keep them safe.

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