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Cyber Ranges Federation – towards better cyber capabilities through cooperation

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 4.11.2019 11.43

The Cyber Ranges Federation project is building an EU-wide cyber range, a closed cyber exercise and training environment, for the use of defence administrations in EU member states. The aim is to develop cyber capabilities and training in EU member states to help them prepare for cyber threats.

Eleven EU member states and the European Space Agency (ESA) are involved in the project, which was launched in May 2017. The first phase of the project, implemented under the auspices of the European Defence Agency (EDA), will be completed under Finland’s lead by the end of 2019.

The project aims to pool national cyber ranges and collect and share best practices among all EU member states based on the principle of pooling and sharing. The arrangement makes cyber training available to all interested EU member states, even if they do not have their own cyber ranges. Taking part in the project will also support member states in developing their own national cyber ranges.

Work to develop a common cyber security environment continues

The academic world has been closely involved in the Cyber Ranges Federation project. Finland is represented in the project by JYVSECTEC Jyväskylä Security Technology and its Realistic Global Cyber Environment (RGCE), operating as part of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences. JYVSECTEC has also had the main responsibility for the planning, technical definition and building of the technical platform for the common cyber range.

As strengthening of cyber capabilities is an established practice across Europe, the project will be continued systematically. This means that the Federation of cyber ranges created in the project will be developed further and its use will be expanded to as many EU member states as possible. The plans include using the Federation of cyber ranges in the annual cyber crisis exercise organised by the EU.

Finland will organise a Cyber Ranges Demonstration Event on 6 November to present the Federation of cyber ranges created in the project. The demonstration cyber range is, however, only the basis for future work that has the important objective of increasing cyber capabilities at the EU level.

Harri Reini, Project Manager, Ministry of Defence