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Rome, Italy / May 7, 2020

Cympire, provider of advanced cyber training platforms, Brinthesis – an Italian company providing best of breed Cyber Security products and solutions to the Italian market , and GCSEC, a Nonprofit Organization with an aim to propagate knowledge share and collaboration in the Cyber Security domain in Italy and Globally, executed an online cyber range event for leading Italian companies and governmental organizations. The event was executed with the support of Israel’s Export Institute.

The Online Cyber Challenge took place using Cympire’s Cywaria platform – a cloud native, flexible, fully gamified cyber simulator. The platform allows running various red or blue cybersecurity scenarios and allows trainees to combat the true-to-life attacks using real cybersecurity tools and systems, all from any location using nothing but their internet browser. In the STAR CERT event, participants competed in a defense scenario as analysts in an insurance company’s SOC team, attacked by the sophisticated “Black Dragon” hacker group.

Before the hands-on training, participants attended an online lecture by Karine Ben-Simhon, Manager at CERT-IL, Israel National Cyber Directorate, who portrayed the modern cybersecurity threat landscape, the human challenges in the space and how the INCD approaches these challenges.

“We are proud to cooperate with Italy’s GCSEC, Brinthesis and Israel’s National Cyber Directorate in this special event”, said Yaniv Shachar, Cympire’s CEO. “We would also like to thank the Israeli Trade and Investment Office and Marco Macchi especially for their support. With many cybersecurity conferences getting cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are happy to fill that void with our cloud-native platform which allows effective training from any location. We look forward to continued cooperation with the great partners we’ve met in this event”.

“GCSEC is running CERT STAR since 2019, an initiative of “hands on labs” for CERTs and SOCs operators with the aims of increasing the knowledge and the expertise in Cyber Security. Major industries and critical infrastructures companies participate in these labs. We were very proud to host the first blue team challenge with Cympire and thanks to the alliance with them we will continue to exercise ours champions in order to increase and build the national resilience”.

About Cympire (

Cympire was founded by cyber, simulation, training and gaming experts, who believe that mission-ready cyber professionals are a key to a safer world. The company develops unparalleled cyber training solutions for both red and blue teams. Cywaria – , Cympire’s flagship product is a flexible, cloud-based fully gamified cyber simulator that can support any network typology or IT system. The platform runs defense and attack scenarios simulating the most up to date cyber threats and using the most advanced Cyber defensive tools. Cympire’s products can support any vertical and are already in use by multiple commercial, governmental and educational organizations.

About GCSEC (

The GCSEC Foundation is a non-profit organization, created to promote IT security in Italy and in the rest of the world. The Center, founded and financed by Poste Italiane and other associated companies, is based in Rome and collaborates with Italian and International Governmental Institutions, private entities, research institutes and international bodies. The mission of the Foundation is to develop and spread knowledge and awareness on cyber security, creating the conditions for improving the skills, competences, cooperation and communication between the different actors involved in the use and protection of the Internet.

About Brinthesis (

We are hunters of innovative ideas and our model is open innovation. We believe in technological innovation as an engine of innovation in companies, convinced that it improves the quality of life of people and that man is the fundamental element in the processes of creating value. We founded Brinthesis with the conviction that no one better than the people we meet in companies know the specific needs of their reality. Our operating model involves constant cooperation with them, sharing skills and knowledge, supported by a network of Analysts, Venture Capital and Developers of innovative technologies.


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