The US has built a miniature "city cyber" with a fully working infrastructure for testing out defences against cyber attacks.
The US has built a miniature "cyber city" with a fully working infrastructure for testing out defences against cyber attacks.
The tiny city, just six feet by eight feet, features a full selection of critical facilities needed to keep everything running smoothly, including a bank, hospital, water tower, power grid, and train system, all running on real computer systems.
The city was created by security training firm the Sans Institute and is the answer to a challenge made by the US military to work out ways to protect important services from hackers.
The Institute said that there is “detailed evidence” of foreign governments infiltrating the computer networks of banks, companies and infrastructure, and that previous efforts to fend off the attacks have been limited. There is a growing fear in many countries of the threat of these kinds of attacks, which could cripple a city and cause widespread chaos and disruption, with oil companies claiming that oil supplies are also being targeted
Vital infrastructure like electricity grids are threatened by hackers
The CyberCity will help train people to respond to attacks through a serious of simulations, where hackers will target the fully working computer systems of the miniature city's banks, water or power supply, hospitals, and other vital services a thriving city cannot do without.
“We've built over 18 missions, and each of them challenges participants to devise strategies and employ tactics to thwart computer attacks that would cause significant real-world damage,” said Ed Skoudis, director of NetWars CyberCity.
The missions, lasting between a few hours and several days, begin in December.