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Serious Games Leveraging AI, NLP & ML To Augment Cybersecurity Capabilities

Image credit: NextAgent by Circadence has won Bronze Honors in the 2020 International Serious Play Awards

NextAgentdeveloped by Circadence, has been awarded a bronze medal for its excellence in the 2020 International Serious Play Awards competition in the Corporate/Vocational Skills category.

Powered by a culture of innovation and the demands of an evolving cyber landscape, Circadence offers cyber range solutions and cybersecurity learning platforms for enterprise, government, and academic institutions. Their unique approach to cybersecurity learning stems from the power of game-based and active-learning models, which are then amplified by the use of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning to augment and automate the cybersecurity capabilities of their customers.

NexAgent is an immersive exploration game for learning the foundations of network security in an emulated workplace environment. It is suitable for entry-level cybersecurity professionals, IT generalists, and career changers seeking to develop “future ready” skills in network security to advance their career in the cybersecurity industry.

The game places the player in the seat of an agent tasked with investigating common network challenges and performing network remediation. This immersive learning experience builds on core networking and security curriculum, introducing concepts such as network segmentation, hardening and safety, and much more. The base knowledge provided in NexAgent allows players to engage at their own pace, while gaining confidence to explore deeper networking concepts later in their learning journey.

Image credit: NextAgent by Circadence

A player will accomplish the learning objectives in NexAgent by interacting with simulation droids to learn tasks that need to be accomplished; engaging with responsive command line interfaces to identify glitches in network configurations; and progressing through a series of cyber tasks to address vulnerabilities.

Athena, the in-game coaching bot, provides task objectives and player feedback, while the Technical Reference Guide helps the player learn about cyber subjects, definitions, and purpose.

Another premium product by Circadence is Project Ares® - a massively multiplayer online platform combining state-of-the-art technologies such as machine learning, serious gaming, and data analytics to create new attack scenarios into the cybersecurity training environment. Project Ares® provides cybersecurity teams with the opportunity to practice skills and hone tactics real-time. 

Image credit: Project Ares by Circadence

About Circadence
Circadence is a market leader in innovative cybersecurity learning solutions with a twenty-year history of online gaming and network optimization. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Colorado in the Greater Denver Area, Circadence Corporation brings the first fully immersive, AI-powered cybersecurity learning and assessment solutions. The company helps professionals understand all facets of cybersecurity in a fun and engaging manner so they can practice better security hygiene in their workplace.