F-Secure Playground

Discover, grow, and retain cyber security talent to defend against modern attackers

Playground encourages hands-on problem solving and experimentation within security, IT, and tech teams. Users can test and improve their technical knowledge practically, in a lifelike but safe environment. Playground continues to be developed and used by our own consultants and developers: specialists on the frontline of cyber security.


On-demand, dedicated sandboxed training environments to develop and exercise cyber security skills.


Improve outcomes by engaging participants in relevant, real-world scenarios.

Curated training

Holistic training, including guided learning, CTFs, hackathons, bespoke consultancy, and ”build your own” content.

Industry Insight

Content curated by industry experts who understand modern attacks and effective defense.

Playground methodology

  • Hands-on Each user gets on-demand, dedicated sandbox environments for hands-on experimentation.
  • Scenario based Sandboxes replicate real-world scenarios, such as vulnerable Web Applications, Active Directory domains, Linux/DevOps Pipelines.
  • Curated training Different types of training, from self-paced e-learning to live workshops and immersive Capture the Flag (CTF) events led by experienced consultants.
  • Industry insight Access to a library of industry insight in the form of case studies and thought pieces from our consultancy and threat hunting teams across the world.

Playground learning pathways

Playground training content is organized into learning pathways. Users can progress through different levels of our standard pathways, developing confidence and competence along the way.

Our standard pathways include application security, attack detection, and penetration testing. Custom pathways can be designed for specific needs.

Select learning pathways for more information

Application Security Pathway


Vulnerabilities in applications, especially web applications, have consistently accounted for most data breaches. It is essential for organizations to equip their software developers and DevOps engineers with the skills and knowledge to integrate security into their SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle). This will allow them to build robust and secure applications that can withstand modern attackers.

Application Security Pathway

Users: software developers and DevOps personnel

The root of security issues can always be traced back to how software has been designed and developed. This pathway raises awareness of the impact of insecure development practices. It drives security expertise within the development team, so that most security issues can be built out earlier in the product lifecycle or quickly.

Attack & Detection Pathways


Organizations are increasingly looking to invest in security monitoring and threat detection. Ensuring personnel have the skills and knowledge to identify and respond to malicious activity is essential to effective attack detection.


Organizations with a strong security posture are investing in their internal pentesting capability. Developing and retaining skilled personnel in this area can be challenging, but this can be addressed by exposing teams to how the most advanced attackers think and act in the wild.

Attack & Detection Pathways

Software developers and DevOps engineers: pentesters, red teamers, security operations, SOC analysts, and threat hunters

The initial pathway levels start with a focus on attack detection and pentesting respectively, to then merge into one advanced level which provides access to all training labs used by F-Secure consultants—including the exclusive advanced labs used at F-Secure yearly hacking competition HackFu.


The reporting features allow you to keep track of users’ progress and engagement. User-friendly dashboards enable you to spot talent in your team and reward it. Rich data shows you exactly where members of your team are excelling and where they need support—this enables knowledge gaps to be identified quickly and resolved with suitable training.

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F-Secure Consulting (F-Secure Cyber Security (Pty) Ltd) is a level 4 contributor to B-BBEE with a procurement recognition level of 100%. Learn more and download our B-BBEE certificate. Click here to read the press release.

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