A new game plan for connecting with cybersecurity experts

Showcasing robust threat intelligence with an immersive gaming experience

Cloud security leader and networking giant Cisco was looking for an unexpected way to provide cybersecurity experts access to its rich cache of threat intelligence resources. With the earliest viruses now dating back decades, we thought it’d be fun – and captivating – to tap into that old-school feeling with a one-of-a-kind digital experience, where users can hunt down threats in a retro desktop adventure game.


  • Concept Development
  • Game Strategy
  • Ui/Ux
  • Design and art direction
  • Content creation
  • Development and programming

A growing adventure

ThreatBusters was made to be explored – users have a host of rooms and levels to discover, interacting with in-depth threat intelligence content as they go. But that’s just the beginning. Just as threats continue to grow and evolve, so can the game: Flexible templates allow for easy additions and updates.

Home screen

Game levels

Content pages

Informative and entertaining

As they work their way through their journey, users test – and build – their cybersecurity knowledge, answering quizzes and questions to earn points and gain access to new portals within the game. The experience is totally in their hands – with a variety of paths and rooms, users can truly choose their own adventure.

Getting the 4-1-1 on attacks

As users progress further into the game, they unlock an even deeper look at what they’re up against. In-depth briefings provide detailed info on specific attacks, with off-site links to learn even more about these threats – and how Cisco can help.

Scoring repeat visitors

There’s a lot to explore in ThreatBusters – to inspire people to find every secret, answer every question, and fully build their knowledge, we introduced a game-wide scoreboard where users can see how they stack up. And, with new content going up all the time, the scoreboard ensures competitive users will keep coming back.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

To get the word out about ThreatBusters to key members of our target audience, we devised a direct mail piece where readers could use classic PC game elements to decode a hidden message introducing them to the game.


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