Sensory-Immersive CYBER RANGES Exercises for Industry 4.0 - How the Power Industry can respond to today’s threats

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Today’s threats to critical infrastructure are growing exponentially. Digital Transformation via ICS and OT/IT has expanded cyber-attack surface convergence, compounded by remote work and IoT in the supply chain.  “Increasing replacement of OT infrastructure with IT systems is opening new vulnerabilities and risks that are pushing security and risk management leaders to update security approaches and strategies” warns Gartner.

Critical National Infrastructures face growing active attacks by a growing list of advanced persistent threat (APT) groups in both the nation-state and cybercriminal worlds. They add sophistication and stealth, making matters worse for the industry across the globe.

Apart from the military, the power industry is potentially the most proficient in using exercises. Today, next-gen solution CYBER RANGES by Silensec provides the inherent response capacity to current and future threats. An attack on a plant or an industrial installation, such as a water filtration facility or a nuclear power plant, has real-world and often dangerous kinetic consequences that can affect human lives. Chemical and nuclear plants can explode. Dams can flood densely populated areas. Water pumps can deliver contaminated water to our homes.

The reality is that previously air-gapped environments are now connected to the outside world, and even accessible via the public Internet in some cases. It is no longer about strategic vs. tactical response as Digital Transformation for Industry 4.0 leads to an integrated production and business environment. However, the industry security operations and management professionals continue to respond to threats through traditional training of Security Operations teams.

Its evidential, traditional training methodologies are no longer capable of dealing with the growing sophistication of attack volumes, variations and resulting impacts. The development of cyber capabilities and the assessment of competencies and organizational cyber resilience, table stakes for IT-OT SecOps teams training require an immersive experiential environment to maintain muscle memory and retrain skills through practical application in world situational awareness and response, as possible.

Next-Gen CYBER RANGES by Silensec offers virtual realistic IT-OT infrastructures via simulations and emulations of real cyber-warfare scenarios. Cyber security professionals rely on the Next-Generation CYBER RANGES platform, a military-grade built and full-content-lifecycle platform that enables real-world customizable simulations and emulations providing an unparallel immersive experience for SecOps operators and senior practitioners with immersive real-life scenarios and continuing training content for response readiness.

The CYBER RANGES technology platform is based on cloud native technology, to achieve high-level automation, orchestration and scalability for the delivery of realistic scenarios through cyberattack injection technology for both real-time delivery of multi-user events, such as training, assessment, certification, CTFs, and live-fire and wargames. Combined with powerful reporting and scoring features and management observer functionalities to provide remote user support, monitoring of performance and user virtual environments, all without the need of expert technical assistants; the built-in CYBER RANGES Scenario Composer to design and develop custom scenarios and infrastructure replicas both in-house and via third-party industry experts. Finally, dynamic deployment modes On-Premises, Portable and on-the-Cloud to meet the complex large-scale global geographic requirements of IT and ICS-SCADA infrastructures and their Eco-System.

In conclusion, Next-Gen CYBER RANGES is a must-have capability in providing the Industry with the inherent response capacity to train and respond to the growth, complexity in current and future cyber threats, now.


Providing ISO 27001-certified cyber range platforms & services, we are a next-gen military-grade full-content-lifecycle cyber range for cyber capability building, product testing, cyber competence assessment and cyber resilience development across IT/OT.
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Paul Korzeniowski on May 20, 2021

Unfortunately, timely posting. For years, there had been talk about how the grid was open to intrusion and recently we saw the results of such an attack. Consequently, utility management needs to take a look their networks, determine the threat level, see what is available to ward off such intrusions, and Cyber Ranges is one possible aid. My sense is investment in such solutions will increase in the coming months. 

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