The phrase “practice makes perfect” is misleading. There is no perfect. However, good practice makes you better and allows you to both hone and verify your skills – and one of the best ways to practice is at a distance. If you want to get better at golf, go to a driving range. If you want to improve your shooting skills, go to a shooting range.
You may not think the same about cybersecurity, but the same principle applies. Organizations today must defend a complex and growing attack surface against sophisticated adversaries and a daunting threat landscape. You certainly don’t want to wait until you’re in the middle of an active cyber-attack to learn the hard way that you’re not as prepared as you should be. An environment in which you can develop yourself and validate your cybersecurity skills is invaluable.
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the real thing
There is a common expression that you cannot learn to ride a bike by reading about it in a book. Likewise, you won’t get any strength or fitness value from watching a YouTube video in proper form for pushups. Some things really need to be done to fully understand them or get value from them. You can study theories and go through the motions, but nothing beats the real thing.
What makes a scope valuable is that it allows you to work on tactics and techniques in an environment that is relatively close – or at least very similar – to the actual scenario in which you will be using those skills. Hitting a real golf ball with a real golf club or firing a real gun at a target develops muscle memory and gives you first hand experience that is invaluable if you need to use those skills in the real world.
Ranges also allow you to evaluate and rate the equipment. You can try out different golf clubs or golf balls to see how they perform or try out different weapons or ammunition to determine which works best or which you prefer.
Likewise, a cyber offering should also mimic a real IT environment as much as possible. It must deliver realistic network traffic and accurately mimic the behavior of network, user and threat actors. Ideally, it should be an extensible, high-fidelity, open platform that offers flexibility to train in different scenarios.
A cyber offering is versatile and allows for a variety of training or validation scenarios. Red Teams can practice hacking skills. Blue Teams can train against live cyber attack scenarios. Organizations can review security controls and configurations to validate security posture.
It is important that the environment and traffic of the cyber range are as realistic as possible. It should reflect realistic scenarios as closely as possible to enable security professionals to develop critical skills and enable you to: perform product and team evaluations that ensure continuous improvement of your security posture.
Are your cybersecurity tools and controls enough to protect you from the overwhelming amount of advanced threats? Does your IT security team have the knowledge and experience needed to detect and respond to targeted cyber threats? How do you know that?
If you wait until you need a skill or tool, it’s already too late. You have to do the research, learn the techniques, and do the work beforehand so you’re ready when you need to. A cyber scope can play a vital role in optimizing your security readiness and ensuring you are prepared.