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Cyber Range 101: A Dangerous Game?

Posted by Pascal Joly February 9, 2017
Cyber Range 101: A Dangerous Game?

The "Super Bowl" of security

If it's not already the case, Cyber Security will be on top of everyone's mind next week at the Moscone in San Francisco. The RSA conference will gather thousands of IT security professionals  from Monday to Thursday , and Quali will be there, joining IXIA on the Expo floor (Booth #3401) to Showcase our Cyber Range Cloud Sandbox solution and demo our integration with the industry leading Ixia Breaking Point traffic generator solution.rsa

So what is a Cyber Range?

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One of the fundamental rules to better fight  back attacks is to be prepared. Simply said, a cyber range is an environment to simulate real-world cyber threat scenarios for training and development.  Typically, the players will involve a red team simulating the hacker and a blue team responsible for defending the target application and stopping the attack. Not to forget the white team that will watch for the critical infrastructure components such as mail and DNS servers. Cyber Ranges can include infrastructure servers such as DNS and mail, application servers,  firewalls, and a variety of tools like Traffic simulators and Intrusion Detection systems.

In a nutshell, a Cyber Range is an incredible tool for both hardening an infrastructure against potential attacks and training IT personnel on security best practices and mitigation strategies.

Limiting Factors

In practicality, cyber range effectiveness is held back by:

  • High complexity: environments consist of many components like switches,
    servers, firewalls, specialized test gear, virtual resources, as well as tools, APIs,
    and services.
  • Lack of visualization & modeling prevents easy access to and reliable
    reuse of various security / threat environments and reporting.
  • Lack of automation prevents rapid provisioning of environments and
    scaling of infrastructure to meet growing threat scenarios.

Clearly this is less than optimal. What is really needed is a complete solution that addresses these problems.

Cyber Range: the Complete Solution

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Cyber Range does not have to be a dangerous game. Quali’s Cloud Sandboxing solution for cyber ranges allows enterprises to rapidly provision full-stack, real-world cyber threat environments in seconds. Easily manage the entire lifecycle of modeling, deploying, monitoring, and reclaiming cyber sandboxes. Cyber range infrastructure blueprints can be published for as-a-service and on-demand consumption by multiple tenancies, groups, and users. Quali gives organizations a scalable and cost–effective solution for running effective cyber threat trainings like Red/Blue Team exercises, performing live response threat mitigation, managing cyber test and validation environments, and speeding cyber-range effectiveness in hardening IT defenses.

To find out more, and watch a demo, join us at Booth #3401. Hope to see you next week!

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