The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working with industry to develop the National Cyber Range (NCR), a cybersecurity testbed for researching network attack-and-defend strategies on a wide scale. The goal is to accelerate government research and development in high-risk, high-return areas and jumpstart technical cybertransformation in the private sector.
NCR will provide a real-world simulation environment that companies and research organizations can use to develop and test advanced concepts and capabilities for defending U.S. communications networks against cyberthreats. "We want to create a test range that is fully automatic and rapidly configured so that we can get the results back out to the community," says DARPA's Michael VanPutte. "We need better solutions, so what we ask is for the community to bring their ideas to NCR, test them, and see what works and what doesn't work in a quick fashion."
During the second phase of the NCR program, which began in February 2010, DARPA, Lockheed Martin, and Johns Hopkins University will build and evaluate prototype ranges and their corresponding technology.
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