DARPA builds Cyber Range to test security measures

DARPA builds Cyber Range to test security measures
DARPA builds Cyber Range to test security measures 

By Barry Rosenberg
May 26, 2010

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and industry are 
developing a National Cyber Range to test network attack-and-defend 
strategies, much the same way that the United States created a range at 
Bikini Atoll in the 1940s and 1950s to test atomic weapons.

The goal of the NCR is to accelerate government research and development 
in high-risk, high-return areas and jump-start technical cyber 
transformation in the private sector. NCR will achieve this by providing 
a real-world simulation environment from which companies and research 
organizations can develop, field and test advanced concepts and 
capabilities to defend U.S. communications networks against cyber 

There are already a number of smaller, noninterconnected cyber ranges 
for testing in the United States, but none of them provides the single, 
large-scale test bed that DARPA said will quickly produce qualitative 
and quantitative assessments of cyber R&D. For example, there is the 
Joint Forces Command Information Operations Range, which has been 
operating since 2006 and routinely conducts more than 100 experiments a 
year related to information operations.

What DARPA wants to do with the NCR is take testing automation to the 
next level so that time-consuming, manual setup time can be kept to a 
minimum, leaving more time to conduct experiments so cyber defense can 
be more quickly woven into the nation's communications networks.


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