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Very soon (est. March 2013) construction on the NetWars Cyber City project will be completed.

NetWars Cyber City is a small-scale city located close by the New Jersey Turnpike complete with a bank, hospital, water tower, train system, electric power grid, and a coffee shop, developed by the SANS Institute as part of a project to help train cyber warriors to defend against online attacks and teach them how to secure a city’s vital physical infrastructure(s).

This SANS project objective is best explained by the statement “….when you lose control of cyberspace, you lose control of the physical world,” made by Eric Bassel, director at the SANS Institute. “The threat of kinetic effect is real. We have seen detailed evidence of foreign nations deep inside the computer networks of our financial services companies, manufacturing companies and critical infrastructure. The attacks have been going on for many years, yet we have made only limited strides in fighting them off. With NetWars CyberCity we hope to turn the tables by providing our first-line cyber defenders with the necessary skills and hands-on training to fend off online attacks and regain control of cyberspace.”

NetWars CyberCity is an intense defensive training program organized around missions. “We’ve built over eighteen missions, and each of them challenges participants to devise strategies and employ tactics to thwart computer attacks that would cause significant real-world damage,” commented Ed Skoudis, SANS Instructor and NetWars CyberCity Director.

SANS NetWars is a hands-on, interactive learning environment that enables information security professionals to develop and master the skills they need to excel in their field, and, comes in two forms:

1)    NetWars Tournament runs over an intense two-to-three day period, at a conference or hosted onsite. Many enterprises, government agencies, and military bases are using NetWars on-sites to help identify skilled personnel and as part of extensive hands-on training.

2)    NetWars Continuous allows participants to build their skills on their own time over a four-month period working from their office or home across the Internet. Also, NetWars Continuous supports a unique Automated Hint System that turns dead ends into learning opportunities.

Click here for more details and to see if this new e-learning approach to cybersecurity training is a good fit for your organization.

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