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7 University-Connected Cyber Ranges to Know Now

Universities are beginning to add cyber ranges to the facilities for teaching cyber security to students and professionals.

Practice. We're told it's what makes things perfect. When it comes to defending against massive, devastating cyberattacks, the tricky thing is finding an organization willing to expose their infrastructure to ruin while defenders practice their craft. That's where the cyber range comes in.

A cyber range is a controlled virtual environment where all of the worst fruits of the criminal hacker's labors can be visited upon an unsuspecting victim - and repelled, again and again, by white hats in training until their craft has been honed and their profession perfected.

That practice is critical for the growing number of cybersecurity students in university programs and the security professionals who increasingly lean on university resources to improve their strategies, tactics, and technology for defense.

The needs of those professionals and the companies that employ them are why universities are pushing forward with constructing cyber ranges. Those same needs are why many of the universities are partnering with security firms to build and manage the ranges. A look at some of the institutions involved in the trend shows that there is no geographical boundary to the rise. If there is any common thread it seems to be a location within driving distance of a major military or law enforcement facility, but even that is becoming less important as the number of cyber ranges increases.

Among the cyber ranges we list here are those that are in the building stage, those that are open but still developing their full capabilities, and those that are complete and fully in the business of educating cybersecurity professionals. The one thing this list can't be is complete: The value of cyber ranges is such that new facilities are being planned and announced on a monthly basis. Read on for more.

About the Author(s)

Curtis Franklin, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Senior Analyst, Omdia

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Previously, he was senior editor of Dark Reading, editor of Light Reading's Security Now, and executive editor, technology, at InformationWeek, where he was also executive producer of InformationWeek's online radio and podcast episodes

Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications including BYTE, ComputerWorld, CEO, Enterprise Efficiency, ChannelWeb, Network Computing, InfoWorld, PCWorld, Dark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.

Curtis is the author of thousands of articles, the co-author of five books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most recent books, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, and Securing the Cloud: Security Strategies for the Ubiquitous Data Center, with co-author Brian Chee, are published by Taylor and Francis.

When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in running, amateur radio (KG4GWA), the MakerFX maker space in Orlando, FL, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

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