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Cyber Ranges

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST (2018-10-24 17:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore, Ted Ritter

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Cyber ranges in various forms have been around for several years, but they are now starting to gain traction. Organizations have realized in order to deal with evolving threats they need to invest in enhancing cyber skills, and cyber range offerings that focus on hands-on education can provide powerful tools to accomplish this.

The killer need that cyber ranges have addressed is increasing the skill level of the cybersecurity staff, which enables increasing business safety without requiring unsustainable increases in security program spending. That provides a measurable, demonstrable benefit and provides the foundation for more complex future use of a cyber range for threat simulation or assessment of new security controls.

Cyber ranges can range from multi-million dollar investments in hardware and software to consumption of Cyber range as a service. In order to help the security community evaluate cyber range offerings and choose the best approach for their needs, SANS and Cyber Velocity have developed the Critical Security Questions to Ask a Cyber Range Provider guide. At his webinar John Pescatore of SANS and Ted Ritter of Cyber Velocity will provide a business-driven description of cyber ranges and highlight 20 critical questions that can be used as the basis for Requests for Proposals and evaluation criteria.

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013 after more than 13 years as lead security analyst for Gartner, running consulting groups at Trusted Information Systems and Entrust, 11 years with GTE, and service with both the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the U.S. Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems and "the occasional ballistic armor installation." John has testified before Congress about cybersecurity, was named one of the 15 most-influential people in security in 2008 and is an NSA-certified cryptologic engineer.

Ted Ritter

Ted Ritter is an independent cybersecurity industry analyst. Most recently he published the most comprehensive analysis of cyber ranges to date. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Ted’s focus is exclusively on cybersecurity products and services analysis, research, and business development.

Ted was a principal research analyst at Nemertes Research covering cloud, data center, and security. Ted has been a frequent speaker at major technology events in the U.S. and abroad. Appearances include speaking at VMware’s VMworld, the Nemertes Navigatore360 conference and delivering keynotes at the Executive Alliance data center and security conferences as well as running the data center track for IDG's IT Roadmap conferences.

Ted draws upon 25 years of experience in information security and telecom technology analysis, sales and sales engineering. He has designed, sold, implemented, and supported telecom and information-security solutions for commercial, federal, and international clients. 

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