Based at the Edtech Collider of the EPFL and Microcity in Neuchâtel, the startup MegaVerse uses artificial intelligence at the heart of its adaptive learning platform.

The MegaVerse platform, based at the Edtech Collider of the EPFL in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and at Microcity in Neuchâtel, offers gamified cybersecurity sensitization scenarios, which will be regularly renewed, in the same way as seasons on television series.

The start-up has developed a B2B training platform drawing on the technical and psychological mechanisms used in games and education: adaptation, commitment, risk and rewards, short and long term objectives. Currently in its alpha version, the platform will launch in October 2019 with ten realistic multilingual scenarios. MegaVerse's ambition will be to offer more than 80 scenarios in the coming months, some of which will be developed in collaboration with leading names in the cybersecurity sector.

Major challenges ahead

According to the most recent statistics, 80% of attacks against companies are caused by human vulnerabilities. The MegaVerse software automatically adapts itself to the user's level and provides information on his or her's current level of knowledge in cybersecurity.

"To our knowledge, there is no cybersecurity awareness training solution on the market similar to ours. That's why some giants like Cisco, with two million users on their platform, are interested in it. It is this differentiating factor that has attracted our partner companies, Helvetia, Pictet and a major watchmaking group, who want to apply our scenarios not only to their employees, but also to their customers and suppliers," explains Cécile Maye, CEO of MegaVerse.

According to American figures for 2017, on average, companies are hacked between 50 and 100 times a day. An attack costs $12 million, according to the Ponemon Institute Report and for 65% of hacked SMEs, this translates into bankruptcy within 6 months of the attack.