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A joint venture between Israeli cybersecurity experts and the State of Maryland has resulted in the opening of a new cyber training center, nearly a year after the project began following Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s 2016 visit to Israel.

Baltimore Cyber Range LLC. and Cyberbit Ltd., the world’s leading provider of cybersecurity training and simulation platforms, on Friday announced the opening of the Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR) cybersecurity training and simulation center in Baltimore.

Powered by the Cyberbit Range platform, this hands-on cybersecurity training center will provide simulation training for cybersecurity professionals in protecting national assets and infrastructure against cyberattacks. The opening comes 10 months after the project was announced during Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s trade mission to Israel in September 2016.

“I am very pleased to celebrate the opening of Baltimore Cyber Range. With our skilled workforce, world-class academic community, and proximity to the federal government, Maryland has truly become the cyber capital of the world,” said Hogan. “This state-of-art center will help ensure that even more Marylanders are fully trained and prepared to meet the demands of 21st century jobs.”

The BCR represents a significant advancement in cyber training technology, a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training center. Utilizing the Cyberbit Range platform, the new facility provides cybersecurity officials the opportunity to experience the latest real-world cyber threats in a controlled environment to hone their skills. The range, which can simulate large-scale virtual networks and attacks based on real-world incidents, can also pinpoint system vulnerabilities and help users develop countermeasures and improved protocols for dealing with cyber-attacks on critical network systems.

As a result, cybersecurity practitioners benefit from receiving real-time training for threat detection, and the response process, enabling them to dramatically improve the performance of all security and SOC teams. Individuals will also benefit from the opportunity to accelerate their security certifications.

“Working with Cyberbit and Governor Hogan’s administration to bring this new cyber training technology to Maryland has been an unbelievable opportunity,” said Michael Doyle, President of Baltimore Cyber Range. “The range has demonstrated the potential to dramatically improve the skills and experience of those working to protect our national IT infrastructure. It also represents a key element of our ongoing efforts to provide the Maryland workforce the skills and knowledge required to address the skilled cybersecurity workforce shortage.”

“We congratulate the Baltimore Cyber Range and the State of Maryland for opening the new training and simulation facility today,” said Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit. “We see a rapidly-growing need for hands-on cybersecurity training in private and public-sector organizations worldwide, and are excited to see the Baltimore Range pioneering this activity in Maryland.”