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Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills


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Virginia Tech operates a cyber range where companies and students can practice security skills.

University-based cyber ranges offer small companies cyber training and testing capabilities that are otherwise unaffordable to them.

Credit: Virginia Tech

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories about cyberdefense and response strategies.

MasterCard's Ron Green said these cyber ranges allow companies to observe and assess staff reactions to such real-world situations as malware infections and data breaches.

In addition to a cyber range in St. Louis, MasterCard built a mobile range—basically a server rack within an armored box—to conduct tests and exercises nationwide.

University-based cyber ranges offer small companies training and testing capabilities that are otherwise unaffordable to them, with most ranges running in the cloud in conjunction with remote tools.

Green said MasterCard's range aims to support both defensive and offensive drills, including assault by antitank rounds, without potentially harming systems at a host range.

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