With cybercrime on the rise, it is no longer a question of whether a company will be attacked, but when it will happen. The threat landscape is becoming increasingly complex, while enterprises are struggling to hire and keep cybersecurity experts.
And what if your organisation ends up in the crosshairs of a malicious actor? Would you be able to react? This is where cyber ranges can help: integrating their use into a more comprehensive security program can greatly improve your overall security posture.
Considered as an equivalent of the traditional firing range used by police and the military, a cyber range is a virtual environment delivering simulated real-word attacks, where cybersecurity professionals can practice and learn how to react effectively, applying what they learn in traditional online or face to face training courses.
Being too risky to train people using real data and production systems, the range recreates a synthetic environment with the actual digital assets that might be targeted by malicious actors, including servers, applications, cloud instances, IoT devices, and more.
In an ever-changing landscape, regular training and practice give security teams crucial advantages. According to Gartner, by 2022, 15% of large enterprises will be using cyber ranges to improve their employees’ cyber defence expertise. But why are cyber ranges becoming so widespread?
Shortage of cybersecurity professionals. One of the reasons why cyber ranges are so popular is that there are not enough trained cybersecurity experts to meet the market demand. According to the latest report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the world is lacking 3 million professionals in this field.
Increasingly advanced attack vectors. While the cybersecurity skills gap is growing, new cyber threats are arising daily. With attacks getting more sophisticated, security professionals need to train on complete technology environments if they want to have a chance of successfully defending sensitive digital assets.
Test the incident response plan. Being ready to protect digital assets means being able to respond to security incidents. The cyber range provides an environment where cyber professionals can fully practice their incident response playbooks and see how they react when faced with a real threat.
Cybersecurity is no longer bumped to the back burner. With the threat of cyber-attacks skyrocketing, companies of all kinds are struggling to onboard people in their team who will guarantee a strong cyber defence. To compensate for this talent gap, they are using cyber ranges to train their personnel as well as assess potential employees to be recruited. As a result, cyber ranges are booming and more organisations, both private and public, are starting to invest in them as part of a broader cyber security programme.