Teach. Test. Train.
Dr. Joe Adams was hired as the Range’s first Director and Merit’s V.P. for Research and Cyber Security in June of 2012 and established the infrastructure design and the educational program framework. Governor Snyder cut the ribbon and inaugurated the Michigan Cyber Range at Merit’s offices in Ann Arbor on November 9, 2012.
Additionally, Merit is connected to Internet2‘s national high-speed backbone network, making the Michigan Cyber Range accessible nationwide.
Merit’s Secure Sandbox service is a flexible, secure environment that can be used for cybersecurity education, training exercises, and software testing. Located in a virtual cloud, the Secure Sandbox simulates a real-world networked environment with virtual machines that act as web servers, mail servers, and other types of machines.
Utilizing the virtual town of Alphaville, the Michigan Cyber Range conducts hands-on Cybersecurity Exercises to help teams practice and prepare for any type of data breach.
Alphaville is more than a collection of networks, however. It also presents the opportunity for participants to see how information systems in a community are truly interconnected. As participants navigate through the heterogenous networks, they find that information discovered at one location can be used to gain access or elevate privileges at another site.