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SBA Research is a research and consulting center for Information Security based in Vienna, and calls itself a “Home of Nerds”. We thus have started hosting Meetups spotlighting all aspects of Security in 2018. By doing so we intend to establish and foster a community of people interested in IT & Information Security and related areas. As soon as things return to normal, we very much look forward to welcoming you to beer, snacks and lively discussions among likeminded on-site. Since we want to give you the chance to join from wherever you are, we will however continue to live stream all of our MeetUps in the future as well.

Our Security Meetup Group is part of the SBA Academy. Check out our Website (https://www.sba-research.org/sba-academy/), SBA Research offers a wide range of ways to transfer knowledge, ranging from freely available talks to specialized on-site trainings.

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SBA Research:
Within a network of more than 70 companies, 15 Austrian and international universities and research institutions, and many additional international research partners we jointly work on research challenges ranging from organizational to technical security to strengthen Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities.

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Penetrate an IT network with a digital attack and defense game (Penquest)

**!!!!!!!!!!!**This meeting is organized as an on-site event only! Max 40 people and bring your laptop to play the game!!!!!!!!!!

Penetrate an IT network with a digital attack and defense game.
PenQuest is an attacker—defender meta model converted into an educational strategy game. It is intended to teach managers, techies, students, and other, IT-affine folks about the ins and outs of cyber-attacks – including how to defend against them. One of the players represents the attacker (hacker, pen tester, secret agent, etc.) while the other takes the role of defender (company, university, military organization, etc.), whose task it is to prevent the attacker from achieving their sinister goal.

You will learn to:
a) Understand vulnerabilities & threats derived from adversary behavior.
b) Match attacks to appropriate security measures.
c) Explore a complex topic.

In the meetup participants will get the chance to play the game themselves and explore a number of threat scenarios such as data theft, denial of service, or a ransomware attack (or more exotic ones; we’re flexible there). In closing we’d love to discuss future developments (e.g., reinforcement learning for strategy optimization) and (your?) ideas for improved realism, reward mechanisms, and more.

Speaker & Details:
Robert Luh (security researcher at St. Pölten University)
Sebastian Eresheim (security researcher at St. Pölten University)
Talk language: English
On-site event only!
!!! Bring your own device (laptop )!!!!

About the Speaker:
Robert Luh is a lecturer and security researcher at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the University of Vienna, respectively. Following his studies in information security, he earned his PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester. He currently teaches digital forensics, malware analysis, and biometrics and is working with a small team to develop an AI-powered cyber defense game for education and risk assessment.

Sebastian Eresheim is a junior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten and a project assistant at the University of Vienna. He completed his master's degree in information security at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in 2018. He has also been studying mathematics at TU Vienna since 2016. His current research interests are in the field of artificial intelligence and include reinforcement as well as deep learning.

Video about Penquest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8orujB9jA

18:00: Gathering at SBA Research (5th floor)
18:05: Short introduction and overview (SBA Research & Penquest)
18:20: Setup & Play the game!
20:30: Drinks and snacks

Looking forward to see you!


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