Cyphinx – Cyber Security Gaming

Cyphinx – Cyber Security Gaming

The United Kingdom government has created a game that targets a younger audience to get into cyber security. (Recruiter) According to Motherboard the game is a “virtual skyscraper that acts as a gateway to a host of different games, each of which is designed to test security-related skills at various difficulty levels.”

Per The Register, according to Cyber Security Challenge UK’s (CSCUK’s) CEO Stephanie Damon, Cyphinx was developed in direct response to an (ISC)² study which estimated there would be a workforce cyber-skills shortage of 1.5 million by 2020.

Our Analysis

This MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game is a great idea. It is a fun way to give younger individuals an introduction into cyber security, such as, penetration testing. Some sponsors of the project are the leading lights of the UK security industry including PWC, GCHQ, BAE systems, Airbus, the National Crime Agency,  and the SANS Institute. (SC Magazine) Anyone who is interested in cyber security will want to give this a try. This could attract a completely different audience by introducing this training as a video game.

Per Computer Weekly Every area in Cyphinx will contain a new opportunity to test a different cyber skill, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Always being accessible is another great feature. You can play at your own pace and schedule.

For more information on Cyphinx or to register, please visit Cyphinx.


Computer Weekly
The Register
SC Magazine

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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security. Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.