Privacy War Games | November 12 in San Jose


The Future of Privacy Forum and The Providence Group invite you to participate in the inaugural Privacy War Games event on November 12th, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, in San Jose, California. The event will take place at Cisco’s Headquarters, located at 255 West Tasman Drive, Building J, San Jose, CA 95134. Click here for a list of preferred hotels.


Why War Games?

In recent years, many leading companies have introduced war games in cybersecurity and other strategic areas as a way to ensure that they are fully prepared for key challenges and unexpected risks. Similarly, the national security community has used war games to provide senior leaders deeper insights into issues, assumptions, and often counterintuitive understandings of decision-making that are not usually available from other qualitative research techniques. War games also provide participants an opportunity to participate in activities and wrestle with issues that are not part of their day-to-day experiences or particular fields of specialty.

Why Privacy War Games?

For privacy professionals who are tasked with managing privacy risk, privacy war games can be an effective way to practice strategic decision making in a risk free environment – before choices have to be made in the real world.

The Future of Privacy Forum and The Providence Group have collaborated to develop and conduct an analytical privacy war game designed to gain insights that will help privacy professionals manage future privacy risk – an increasingly complex task that is made more difficult by: the increasing number of state and sectoral privacy laws; evolving regulatory and compliance requirements; and the regulatory and legal ambiguity of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

What is the difference between a table-top exercise and our Privacy War Game?

A table-top exercise usually is a discussion-based game that allows participants, sitting around tables, to interact with one another from their current professional perspective. Table-top games engage players with a set of topics, sometimes in narrative form, and allow specific decisions to be considered. A facilitator will often add new information to spur players into exploring the relationship between their decisions or actions.

Our privacy war game, on the other hand, is a multi-player, scenario-based game with multiple game turns. In a scenario-based game, players are presented with a specific scenario starting point and then play the game through a series of game turns in which each of the game teams must react to and is influenced by the other player’s moves. This dynamic environment adds complexity to the game and forces players to think about both their decisions and the likely impact of the other teams in the game.

Additionally, because it is a multi-player game, game participants assume player roles on the game teams that do not necessarily comport with their current job. This provides game players a unique opportunity to explore a scenario from different perspectives, enabling deeper (and sometimes counter-intuitive) understandings of relevant privacy challenges.

What you’ll take away:

  • Benefit from an opportunity to “step into the shoes” of another stakeholder, ranging from business executives, regulators, legislators, courts, civil society groups, and consumers.
  • Learn what to watch out for as you: analyze and navigate a complex privacy scenario; and react to strategic responses and decisions made by other stakeholders who are playing the game.
  • Take home industry-specific best practices for managing privacy risk.

This Nov. 12 Privacy War Games event will be the beta version of this effort, so we are offering it at a discounted price to our FPF members. We will be using the feedback from this exercise to develop a program that we hope to replicate and offer more broadly.

Email [email protected] for more info. Lunch will be served.


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