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DARPA builds Cyber Range to test security measures




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



http://fcw.com/articles/2010/05/26/defense-it-1-cyber-range.aspx 

By Barry Rosenberg
FCW.com
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 
threats.

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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