Metropolitan State and Elbit Systems of America announce new cybersecurity training and simulation center

By Robert Boos
Posted December 22, 2017

Metropolitan State and Elbit Systems of America announce new cybersecurity training and simulation center

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 21, 2017) – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, announced that it will partner with Metropolitan State University to establish a new facility powered by the Cyberbit Range for the training and simulation of cybersecurity professionals at the Metropolitan State campus in Saint Paul, Minn.

Elbit Systems of America will provide the hardware, software, and technical expertise to operate the training and simulation environment. In turn, Metropolitan State will provide the facilities and expert instructors. The training program and Cyber Range is expected to commence training in the spring of 2018.

With reports of cyber-attacks on the rise and the demand for highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals greater than ever, Elbit Systems of America and Metropolitan State are addressing the challenges of accelerating the certification of new cybersecurity experts.

“We’re pleased to partner with Metropolitan State to bring advanced training and simulation capabilities into the University’s respected cyber lab,” commented Raanan Horowitz, president and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America. “Trainees will benefit from unique and realistic simulation to support their certification and, ultimately, allow them to focus on keeping America’s infrastructures and businesses safe when they enter the workforce.”

“I am very pleased to launch the partnership with Elbit Systems of America. This agreement brings a cutting edge cybersecurity simulation-based training center to Metropolitan State University and to the State of Minnesota,” said Virginia Arthur, president of Metropolitan State University. “The new Cyber Range training facility, with its advanced cybersecurity curriculum, combined with Metropolitan State’s business, education and government partnerships will effectively help to ensure that many more Minnesotans are fully prepared to meet the demands of 21st-century jobs. We are proud that through our work with Elbit Systems of America, we will position the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and the state of Minnesota to become a national center of excellence in cybersecurity education and practice.”

The training and simulation center will be powered by the Cyberbit Range, a solution developed by Cyberbit, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary. Cyberbit Range is a widely-deployed cybersecurity training and simulation platform, currently training and certifying thousands of cybersecurity professionals in many training centers, including; RUAG in Switzerland, IABG in Germany; Ni Cybersecurity in Tokyo, Japan; ST Electronics in Singapore; Regent University in Virginia, US; The Baltimore Cyber Range in Maryland, US; and most recently ISE Systems in France. Cyberbit Range provides an up-to-date selection of simulated attack and ransomware scenarios. Trainees operate in real-life settings by accurately replicating their network setup, using their actual security tools and simulating their typical network traffic. The Cyberbit Range also includes a virtual and physical ICS/SCADA network training and cross-functional executive training.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets.  With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States.  Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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