KYPO Cyber Range Platform is a flexible, scalable, and sophisticated virtual environment.
✔ we have been developing the platform since 2013
✔ the platform has already been used for teaching students and training cybersecurity professionals
✔ it is based on modern approaches such as containers, infrastructure as code, microservices, and open-source software
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BUILDING A COMMUNITY
KYPO CYBER RANGE PLATFORM IN DETAIL
We have designed the KYPO cyber range as a cloud platform, which allows for achieving maximum flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. Virtualization enables us to repeatedly create complex networks with full-fledged operating systems and network devices (so-called digital twins). A lot of development effort has been dedicated to facilitate user interactions within KYPO – that allows us to offer access through a web browser. The engine of our environment is based on cloud platform OpenStack.
We use widely available software components for building networks and virtual machines. You do not have to learn anything new, and a vast portion of the elements is transferable to cloud platforms.
BUILT-IN LEARNING  ANALYSIS
Instructors can monitor progress of cybersecurity training in real time and after the session. This insight is invaluable for remote sessions where instructor is not in the same room as trainee.
We truly care about comfortable user experience. Thanks to a smartly designed user interface, you can fully focus on their work.
The platform has already been used for teaching students in several courses at the Masaryk University and also for training cybersecurity professionals.
The platform builds on several years of experience from using cyber ranges in education, training, and cyber defense exercises, including Czech technical cybersecurity exercises - the Cyber Czech, which were organized in cooperation with the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA).
We want to help solve the problem of many lacking cybersecurity experts by providing a functional platform for training, development, and execution.
We believe that KYPO Cyber Range Platform is a significant contribution to the cybersecurity community. The open-source cyber range makes hands-on cybersecurity education widely available for universities and organizations in Europe and around the world.
As a part of CONCORDIA consortium, we perceive the release of an open-source cyber range as part of CONCORDIA strategy to build the European Trusted, Secure and Resilient Ecosystem for Digital Sovereignty of Europe.
European Cybersecurity Strategy for Shaping Europe’s digital future states that we need more cybersecurity experts.
Cyber ranges are a suitable tool for education of future cybersecurity experts. Hands-on approach in cybersecurity education provides invaluable experience to learners and complements their theoretical background in cybersecurity topics.
Not all universities and organizations can afford to develop or purchase their own cyber range. In this context, the impact of the open-source cyber range can be significant for supporting cybersecurity education. Removing the high cost of most cyber range solutions enables the development of hands-on cybersecurity training, which can help close the skills gap that is getting wider every year.
“We can only ensure digital security if we have experts with the right knowledge and skills, and there are currently not enough.”European Cybersecurity Strategy for Shaping Europe’s digital future
Every organization can now use a cyber range for free. They can focus on developing trainings and delivering them to their audience.
KYPO CRP is open source under the MIT license, which means that organizations can customize the cyber range or extend it for their needs.
To start working with KYPO Cyber Range Platform, you will need to meet hardware and software requirements.
Access to the OpenStack cloud platform
Optionally OpenID Connect provider
If you don’t have access to the existing OpenStack platform, you will need to create an OpenStack deployment on the following hardware:
Evaluation/testing – a desktop or virtual machine with 2 CPU cores, 16 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD
virtual machine with 2 CPU cores, 16 GB RAM, 100 GB HDD
single server with 16 CPU cores, 128 GB RAM, 2 TB HDD, at least two network interfaces
We provide Ansible playbooks or step-by-step guides for deploying all of the required components.
You can cite two research papers to reference the KYPO CRP. In the first one, you will find details about the design and use cases of the KYPO cyber range. The second one summarizes our observations from organizing and carrying out cyber defense exercises at the KYPO cyber range platform.