Developing Tomorrow’s Solutions for Improving Cyber Simulations
Created February 2019
The Cyber Workforce Development team at the SEI develops software tools to conduct high-quality cyber training. You can use these tools individually to create more robust and realistic environments. Or, if you don’t have an existing software suite, you can deploy our entire suite of tools to produce high-end simulations. Either way, the tools we develop can help your organization fill knowledge gaps, assess and evaluate cyber operations, and prepare cyber teams to perform at the highest levels.
The goal of cyber training using hands-on components is to deliver experiences that are as close to real-world scenarios as possible to prepare cyber teams to respond effectively to new and evolving threats. Creating a simulated environment is important to control training and avoid exposing your “live” networks to malicious traffic.
Simulated environments, however, don’t always offer quality training experiences because they might lack details that cyber operators would see in the real world. When training environments aren't realistic enough, the training might fail to give cyber teams the competitive edge they need to succeed when facing real threats.
Tools That Improve Cyber Performance
Using our tools, your organization can produce highly realistic simulations that make training more effective and improve the performance of your cyber teams. Our tools deliver hands-on cyber training using live network nodes, live network traffic, and live attack and defense scenarios. They also use real traffic and effects to put cybersecurity personnel in hands-on situations so they can learn how to carry out real-time responses to cyber events.
To broaden the availability of these tools, the SEI makes many of them freely and publicly available for use by the software engineering community and others. The list below includes descriptions of the software that is currently available.
In addition to the software below, the SEI is also working on a training asset management portal called Foundry. Organizations can customize Foundry to meet unique training needs, and training providers can use it to share content. Foundry is currently in beta and will be generally available in summer 2019. For more information about Foundry and other upcoming tools, join our mailing list.
Software and Tools
June 03, 2019 Collection
These fact sheets provide information about open source software tools that the SEI developed to create realistic cyber simulations.view
March 15, 2019 Webinar
Throughout this talk, our team of researchers and engineers discuss the solutions we developed to help achieve a new level of realism in simulated cyber environments.watch
March 15, 2019 Collection
These videos demonstrate the features of the open source software tools that the SEI developed to improve the realism of cyber simulations, and they discuss the benefits of using them.view
December 03, 2018 Technical Report
This report outlines how the GHOSTS ((G)eneral HOSTS) framework helps create realism in cyber-warfare simulations and discusses how it was used in a case study.read
September 29, 2017 Technical Report
Introduces a design framework for cyber warfare exercises. It ensures that in designing team-based exercises, realism is factored into every aspect of the participant experience.read