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Foundation of Cyber Ranges

Technical Report
This report details the design considerations and execution plan for building high-fidelity, realistic virtual cyber ranges that deliver maximum training and exercise value for cyberwarfare participants.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/13557566

Abstract

This report details the design considerations and execution plan for building high-fidelity, realistic virtual cyber ranges that deliver maximum training and exercise value for participants. A cyber range is a fully interactive virtual instance of the IT infrastructure of a mid-to enterprise-level organization that is dedicated to cyberwarfare training and exercise. The Software Engineering Institute CERT Cyber Workforce Development (SEI/CERT/CWD) team at Carnegie Mellon University has provided a wide array of cyber ranges spanning various levels of complexity to the Department of Defense (DoD) since 2012. This report draws on tens of thousands of hours of experience and expertise in designing, developing, deploying, troubleshooting, maintaining, and improving cyber ranges. The most frequent use case for a cyber range is team exercise. Team exercises can focus on incident response, malware removal, network takeover, process improvement, and many other specialized use cases. This report summarizes the SEI/CERT/CWD current state of the art when it comes to delivering high-fidelity/realistic cyber ranges to DoD and non-DoD customers that support the complex operating environments required for their training and exercise purposes.

Cite This Technical Report

Podnar, T., Dobson, G., Updyke, D., & Reed, W. (2021, May 19). Foundation of Cyber Ranges. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001). Retrieved May 18, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566 .

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author={Podnar, Thomas and Dobson, Geoffrey and Updyke, Dustin and Reed, William},
title={Foundation of Cyber Ranges},
month={May},
year={2021},
number={CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566 },
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Podnar, Thomas, Geoffrey Dobson, Dustin Updyke, and William Reed. "Foundation of Cyber Ranges." (CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, May 19, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566 .

T. Podnar, G. Dobson, D. Updyke, and W. Reed, "Foundation of Cyber Ranges," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001, 19-May-2021 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566 . [Accessed: 18-May-2024].

Podnar, Thomas, Geoffrey Dobson, Dustin Updyke, and William Reed. "Foundation of Cyber Ranges." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 19 May. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566 . Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Podnar, Thomas; Dobson, Geoffrey; Updyke, Dustin; & Reed, William. Foundation of Cyber Ranges. CMU/SEI-2021-TR-001. Software Engineering Institute. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/13557566