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The last two years have seen the development of a number of cyber range technologies, products, and national and international initiatives. At a high level, the two key drivers responsible for the growing demand for cyber ranges are the cementing of cyber as a separate domain of warfare and the development and wide spreading of cloud technology, acting as a major enabler for cyber ranges to develop.

In March 2020, ECSO conducted a deep-dive analysis on how to better understand, define and differentiate Cyber Ranges.

Several months later, ECSO aims at bringing together the European cyber range community through a Call to Action to promote and support the development of best practices and guidelines that define the “European Cyber Range” and help shape the further development of European cyber range solutions.



Call to Action to the European Cyber Range Community

ECSO has launched a Call to Action to the European cyber range community (European/national/regional) to unite the different cyber range stakeholders (suppliers, service providers, and end users) around a series of activities that it is envisaging in the cyber range domain.

>> Read the Call to Action

ECSO would like to identify, gather information about and bring together the European cyber range community and the different European cyber range providers to consolidate the approaches of European cyber range enabled services’ exercise methodologies and concepts, promote and support the development of best practices and guidelines that define the “European Cyber Range”, and help shape the further development of European cyber range solutions.

Proposed activities include as a first step a series of workshops targeting specific interest groups (academia, companies, HR, government,…) to understand what their most important needs and use cases are when it comes to cyber ranges, in order to identify baseline functionalities and develop best practices in choosing and acquiring a cyber range and cyber range enabled services.
As a second step, should sufficient interest, support and resources have been gathered, a European Cyber Range Community could be established under the ECSO umbrella that will gather and provide visibility to European cyber range solutions, increasing the coordination of approaches and competitiveness, and making the European cyber range community the reference point for cyber range methodologies, concepts, and best practices. This community would aim to develop a catalogue of European cyber range providers to assist in the selection of cyber ranges in relation to different use cases and business domain verticals, creating the European Cyber Range Radar, as well as set up a cyber range and related services brokerage platform allowing end users to express their needs and facilitate matchmaking within the European cyber range community.

You are invited to endorse the Call to Action and register their interest in the forthcoming activities via the Annex as well as share it within your networks.

WHO SHOULD JOIN AND WHY?

  • Security professionals: develop cyber capabilities and competences
  • Operators: increase cyber resilience / ensure business continuity
  • HR: assess competences through simulations
  • Governments: organise large-scale exercises and national competitions
  • Companies: run system and application simulations / test and demonstrate critical capabilities
  • Academia (researchers): research new attack detection and mitigation methods, malware emulation, etc.
  • Academia (educators): improve teaching and learning (apply hands-on training)

For any questions, please contact the ECSO WG5 secretariat at wg5_secretariat@ecs-org.eu