Image by PIRO from PixabayImmersive Labs has unveiled an expansion of its enterprise-class, AI-ready platform. It is now offering coverage for the entire organisation through its new Workforce Exercising solution. It claims this will offer comprehensive cyber skills development for all roles to combat emerging threats.

(c) James Hadley, CEO and Founder, Immersive Labs
(c) James Hadley, CEO and Founder, Immersive Labs

James Hadley, CEO and Founder, Immersive Labs, said, “Our expanded, enterprise-class platform will give leaders full cyber skills and resilience coverage, so that they can rest assured their teams and individuals at every level are prepared to confront the latest threats at the speed of cyber.”

What is in the solution?

The announcement lists four key benefits of the solution. It claims these differentiate it from other solutions currently on the market:

  • Proof of Resilience – Gain vital data enabling CISOs and other cyber leaders to be confident that they have a cyber-resilient workforce.
  • Complete Organisational Coverage – Drive resilience for everyone in the organisation, with unparalleled content that offers world-class breadth and depth.
  • Unified Enterprise Platform – Enjoy a seamless and tailored experience across individuals, teams, and the entire workforce in a single platform.
  • AI-Ready – Benefit from industry-leading advice and content to navigate and leverage the cyber impact of AI on the workforce.

Who is this aimed at?

While the announcement talks about the enterprise, this is a solution for all organisations irrespective of size and whether they are public or private.

Immersive Labs notes, “The human element is responsible for the vast majority (74%) of total breaches. Immersive Labs’ new Workforce Exercising solution leverages the latest behavioural science techniques using relatable content and labs to immerse employees in vital cyber capabilities and best practices.

“The new solution allows cyber leaders to assess different departments – such as high-value targets like Finance and Supply Chain teams – and gain insights through the Immersive Labs Resilience Score to identify and fill skills gaps before it’s too late.”

Immersive claims that the learning experiences in its solution address everyone in the organisation, from the boardroom to the shop floor. It is targeting every employee through its Hands-On Labs. These provide a gamified environment to engage employees irrespective of their role. It also targets the entire organisation and key teams through a mix of workforce exercises, crisis simulations and technical exercises.

All of these exercises can be rolled into the live fire drills that experts say organisations should work through on a regular basis. While these drills often expose gaps in training and skills, they also often fail to get everyone required to participate at the same time. That is why the mix of solutions provides a way to engage all employees.

Will organisations use Immersive to improve the supply chain?

One of the benefits of the Immersive platform is the mix of options that it offers. But attacks against large organisations rarely come direct. Nobody, for example, is going to go directly after a very large enterprise because it is likely to have a lot of security. Instead, they will seek to exploit weaknesses in how it interacts with suppliers, partners and customers.

It would be interesting to see Immersive create additional experiences that allow customers, suppliers and partners to participate in some of the exercises. Some of that should be happening by default. Take the Crisis Simulations. They should engage all parts of the company from the C-Suite down and include legal, marketing and HR along with IT and other teams.

But what about those external teams? Most organisations use external PR agencies and reputational management providers to manage their image. They should be part of any Crisis Simulation along with external legal and even business advisors. There is even a case for including cyber insurers so that they can ensure an organisation is meeting best practice in case of an incident.

But further down the training programme, extending the hands-on labs to the supply chain makes sense. It means that a large organisation can have greater trust in the security competency of all those businesses it deals with. In fact, go back to Crisis Simulations and shouldn’t there be something in there that covers the risk that an attack started outside the organisation?

Enterprise Times: What does this mean?

There is an increasing number of organisations offering cyber training platforms. Most focus on the core competency of the vendor who created the platform. Others try and take a wider view, especially when it comes to Crisis Simulations and Cyber Ranges.

Bringing it into a single platform that not only delivers the training but also covers the need for accurate reporting is what Immersive Labs does well. It also has a different approach to gamification compared to many of its competitors. By focusing on upskilling everyone, rather than trying to catch them out, it is more likely to engage employees.

Immersive Labs is also a major supporter of UK-based Tech Vets, an organisation that focuses on helping veterans transition from the military into civilian careers in cybersecurity. That group makes extensive use of the hands-on labs which a number say has been key to their successful transition into a civilian cybersecurity career.

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