On a sunny day last week during RSA 2020, a group of journalists huddled in a vault in the San Francisco Mint, plotting to wreak havoc and sow doubt on Election Day in the fictitious city of Adversaria.

Despite taking over traffic cameras, the governor’s Facebook account, the mayor’s Twitter account, plotting cyberattacks, developing deepfakes and crafting social media-base disinformation campaigns the Red Team: Kill Organized Systems (K-OS) hacktivist group’s efforts were successfully spurned by a team of competent do-gooders on the Blue Team: Adversaria Task Force, who were also gathered in a vault in the mint.

It was all part of a tabletop exercise organized by Cybereason, a mini version of the three-hour event the company typically runs in cities around the world to alert law enforcement, government officials and first responders – who typically populate the Blue Team – to the many ways hackers can disrupt elections and prepare them to respond at whatever attacks might come their way.

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