In our technology-dependent world, hackers can disrupt crucial systems that we need and use everyday. For the past few weeks, we’ve been bombarded by hackers who are stealing information from various websites and posting them to the web. Even the CIA website was hacked twice. Even though exposed usernames and passwords obtained from websites can be potentially devastating to some, the security of an entire country’s information systems is much more important. That’s why the Pentagon is creating the National Cyber Range, a place where anti-hacking tests can take place.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing the National Cyber Range. You can choose to compare The National Cyber Range to the Danger Room in X-Men comics. The National Cyber Range will simulate various situations that involve defending cyber security.
Once the experiments have conducted, the system controlling the events can be wiped clean. This will help to prevent the nature of tests from being leaked.
The National Cyber Range should be up and running in 2012 and cost approximately $130 million to build.