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Cyberdefense may not be quite as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies from the 1990s (watch Hackers with Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie anyway). But unlike the 90s, cybersecurity has become an endurance profession.

Not a week goes by that yet another big company doesn’t announce a security breach leaking thousands of customer records into the wild. In an effort to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity warriors, Electronic Technology Associates Inc.  (ETA) and Cyberbit Ltd. have joined to build the first live, standalone, hands-on cybersecurity training center in the U.S.

The location in Baltimore, MD, places the ETA Cyber Range within what Bloomberg calls the Silicon Valley of Cybersecurity and in close proximity to Fort Meade, MD, and the Aberdeen Proving Ground, both of which are hotbeds for U.S. government cybersecurity operations. The Cyber Range will initially employ 10 highly trained cybersecurity professionals as staff and expects to employ as many as 100 by the end of 2017.

Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit. Photo courtesy of Cyberbit

Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit. Photo courtesy of Cyberbit

“Public sector organizations manage highly-sensitive infrastructure and cannot afford to have staff’s first encounter with a threat occur during attacks,” said Adi Dar, chief executive of Cyberbit. “By training and simulating the response process in advance, security staff can dramatically improve their performance. I am looking forward to helping Baltimore’s industry create top-notch security experts by means of the Range platform.”

Although the location puts the ETA Cyber Range within striking distance of many public sector cybersecurity operations, enterprise business could benefit hugely from the exact sort of training as they are also targeted just as often.  In 2015, U.S. businesses saw an average of 160 successful cyber attacks per week.

When it comes to enterprise applications it’s an online world and while that world is no longer the Wild West of the web, it’s still a place filled with threats that can cost businesses time, money and customers. To combat this, the enterprise sector is spending more money than 2015 to secure their infrastructure. According to a forecast from Gartner, security products and services are set to reach $81 billion in 2016, an increase of 7.9 percent over 2015. And the market is expected to soar to $170 billion spending by 2020.


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