Kaspersky Lab and Mensa Help Challenge Alertness with the Global Think Test
MA – August 22, 2014 -Kaspersky Lab and Mensa invite Internet users to take the Global Think
Test challenge, a series of online brain games and
meant to test the combination and calculation skills of participants. September
6, 2014 is Global Think Test Day and a global competition will be held,
offering a grand prize of $25,000. The Global Think Test challenge aims to
increase awareness of the fact that rationality and reason are two of the best
weapons against many cyberthreats.
According to a recent Kaspersky Lab survey, 29
percent of participants worldwide play online games. Additionally, Professor
Frank Schwab, media psychologist at University of Wuerzburg in Germany states,
“being in some sort of ‘gaming mode’ means triple impact: cognitive and
emotional processes are affected, leading to behavioral effects. Gaming may
elicit strong emotions that may influence cognitions and finally behaviors
within and even beyond the game.”
Psychologists would also say there are a few general
aspects that make us fall prey to cybercriminals who use social engineering
strategies, including the limitation of our cognitive resources. “We are not
godlike creatures. Thus, we are not able to discern and evaluate every detailed
piece of information in a complex situation. If the amount of information we
have to process simultaneously is too high, the possibility of making mistakes
and performing worse increases,” says Schwab. “We are simply not able to
consider all the information given and to reflect about all the possible
outcomes, especially under time pressure. And no one lives forever. As a
result, we have to tend to mental shortcuts.”
Still our brains are not used to interaction with digital devices, which could make it easier for criminals to create situations in which
we might make wrong decisions. Threats are evolving and it becomes more and
more difficult for people to quickly decide if a website is fake or real. As a
result, it is important for people to challenge their cognitive thinking in
various ways that will help improve their ability to quickly decide if a
situation is dangerous or not. The Global Think Test was designed to give
participants challenges that require decision making under time pressure.
“The brain games which were developed together with
Mensa are designed to make us aware of the fact that we are often not paying
enough attention to detail,” says Alexander Erofeev, Chief Marketing Officer,
Kaspersky Lab. “In today’s online world it is becoming more and more important
to develop a kind of digital risk literacy. Part of this is to be alert and
recognize threats when we encounter them. Training this in a playful way is one
of the aims of this Global Think Test Challenge, because developing these
skills is as important for staying safe as installing security software.”
About the Global Think Test
The Global Think Test website is packed with all sorts of brain-training games,
puzzles and IQ tests to help participants flex their mental muscles.
Kaspersky Lab teamed up with Mensa to develop a
series of challenging combinatory online games and riddles. Partners like
Scuderia Ferrari and cricket-legend Sachin Tendulkar are running special
contests in which participants can win a signed pair of racing gloves from Fernando
Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen or a signed
Sachin cricket bat.
September 6, 2014 is Global Think Test Day, when a
worldwide online challenge invites all participants to put their brainpower to
the ultimate test and go head-to-head with some of the best
brains in the world. The winner of this challenge will become the Kaspersky
Global Think Test Champion and win the grand prize worth US $25,000 in cash.
The name of the winner will be announced on September 9, 2014.
Global Think Test content is in English, but the competition is open to
participants from all over the world.
You can find more information about the Global Think
Test on Twitter,
YouTube and share your best moments with
the hashtag #GTT.
About Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab is the
world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The
company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for
endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has
remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security
solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its
holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost
200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over
300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC
rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was
published in the IDC report
"Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked
software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security
solutions in 2012.