RESTON, Virginia – The stronger the technology gets, the greater the risk of an attack. City Block was built by CACI, an expert and technology provider.
Kevin McNeill, senior vice-president at CACI, explained that corporations, government agencies, and military groups can all use the new technology to protect their systems.
“City Block is a capability we built as part of internal research and development and the idea is to enhance the capabilities to train cybersecurity teams or network defenders in the complexities of critical infrastructure,” said McNeill. This system allows us to dynamically create problems or make mistakes, and then it trains them how to recognize these errors.
This system allows large companies to save money on training.
McNeill explained that some training required mock-ups of actual infrastructure or the construction of it. It saves time and money. We can also create new scenarios faster.”
Virtual or augmented reality is crucial because young leaders were raised playing video games and spend a lot of time on technology.
McNeill explained that it’s within their comfort zone in terms of how they learn and think, so you have to make sure they are able to absorb the information faster and resonate with it.
McNeill believes this is the future, and that it will include more virtual and augmented reality.
Steven Beaty, a professor in computer science, explains to his students the importance of this type of preparation when protecting against cyber-attacks.
“It can do an amazing amount of damage. We have seen specific things like food processing and gas pipelines. You will be attacked individually. Beaty said that it is necessary to protect our entire infrastructure.
The infrastructure can only be protected if the people responsible are skilled in protecting it.
McNeill said, “So again, those tools that are in the block are the exact same kinds of systems that can be used in real life to do things such as control those gas pipes, the pumps and the flows.
CACI offers technology for national security. That is their business.
“For everyone else, it’s an everyday aspect of their lives. McNeill explained that ransomware has been mentioned in the news. You’ve heard about hospitals being shut down because ransomware took over their systems. They have to pay bribes. McNeill also said that there have been cases where whole cities have lost their business functions and are unable to serve their citizens.
Beaty stated, “I believe there are some situations where people’s everyday lives are greatly affected by one of those attacks.” “You attack Wall Street, and suddenly, what is our money worth? What are our stocks worth? What are our companies worth? Things like that, I believe, are going to be a big deal.”