Cyber attacks are ‘invisible’ to the eye, but cause tangible disruption in the real world. Power grids and industrial facilities stop operating, buildings get locked, medical devices and services get shut down. Imagine you create products and systems to prevent these attacks, and they are equally ‘invisible’. How can you showcase your technology in a tangible way, and turn your company’s office into an experience for your visitors? This is what we did for the cybersecurity company Forescout. Together we developed the concept of a lab space which can be used by employees, and meanwhile helps to tell visitors a story of the different applications of the technology.
Collaboration with Adriaan de Man. Project in development.
Commissioned by Forescout Technologies.
Experience concept + design
With limited space available and a lot of devices and cables laying around, we needed to find a way to organize everything in a clear and usable way. To get the company’s story across, we developed the concept of ‘demo islands’: modular furniture pieces for each application domain of Forescout’s technology. The ‘islands' work as a support to tell visitors the story of the technology. In a series of demo’s a cyber ‘attacker’ cuts off light/ power, overrides access codes to digital door locks, fails the ventilation system of a building, etc. The software product of the company is used to monitor all the devices and mitigate or resolve the cyber attack.
A space that fits different needs
Besides providing space for demo’s, the islands had to enable employees to work with the devices. We developed modular furniture pieces where devices such as PLCs, web cameras and routers can be placed and worked with. A system of DIN rails and shelves which can be clicked on and off makes it easy for employees to update the devices, and a magnetic nametag system and hole grid make the organization easier.