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Training for a secure tomorrow

(BSC/RUAG) As clichéd as it may be there is no avoiding the fact that the threats on security posed today are more complex and changing quicker than ever before. Part of the complexity comes from the pace of technological development and the changing landscape of the traditional battlefield. The cyber dimension now exposes everyone be they a soldier, a CEO or a private person to attacks from other individuals, organisations or even states. This asymmetric nature and even the possibility for extreme asymmetry within the cyber domain, mirrors that seen over the previous decade by troops on the ground. The sudden threat of the IED caused a rush of protection requirements for vehicles and the need for new operational procedures for soldiers. Now, there is the need for much work to be quickly done to secure the integrity of organisations against the threats from cyber space. In our world where the only constant is change, there is a perpetual strive to be the fittest and as ready as possible to meet the challenges of the future. A key element of this readiness is effective training.

Cyber Training

As threats from cyber space can damage a wide variety of organisations it is crucial that not only militaries but also operators of critical infrastructure understand their weaknesses and how to protect themselves. Part of the problem with cyber threats are the peculiar characteristics that are unique to them; time convergence, geographical convergence and organisational dependency. Elaborated, this means that dispersed targets can be attacked simultaneously with no lead time through an infrastructure belonging to another organisation. Understanding and accepting these characteristics is an integral step in being protected against cyber-attacks. In addition to understanding the nature of the threats, training is crucial for knowing how to deal with and more importantly prevent them effectively.

Traditional cyber training has often been taught generically and focused on reacting to situations rather than understanding the topic as a whole. Without this knowledge it makes it hard for individuals to comprehend the consequences of their decision making. In addition, training hasn’t taken into account the participant’s position within an organisation or the specific threats posed to that organisation. In a move to combat this RUAG Defence is developing its cyber centre of excellence with a focus on customisation and client flexibility; enabling organisation, mission and function specific education. Core to RUAG Defence’s philosophy is the differentiation between the leadership level, the operational Together ahead

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level and the specialised level. Each level faces its specific challenges within cyber security, has different knowledge of the organisation’s objectives and a different understanding of the technology concerned. RUAG Defence develops specific programs and scenarios which embrace the differences within an organisation and so better equip it as a whole to face the threats from cyber.

An Experienced Trainer

The didactic knowledge within RUAG Defence comes from its years of experience as a partner for international forces in the fields of simulation & training. On projects throughout the world RUAG Defence has delivered the technology and innovative solutions forces need to perform high-fidelity and effective training against the threats they face today and will face tomorrow.