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Re: What is a cyber-range?
From: "J.A. Terranson" <measl () mfn org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:40:46 -0500 (CDT)


On Wed, 6 Jul 2011, Jason Lewis wrote:

The RFI's I've seen suggest millions of virtual machines that can 
simulate a global network.  If that is even feasible is another story.
 Example: http://www.scmagazineus.com/researchers-simulate-a-botnet-of-1-million-zombies/article/140988/
  That botnet doesn't even address the routing topology, which seems
to be one of the goals of a cyber-range.

Claims that a single commodity box could do that misses the point of
the simulation.
http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/darpa-national-cyber-range/

While I doubt that a single "commodity box" (as you put it) can simulate a 
real internet with real botnets, platforms such as the old Springtide are 
ideal for this (and I have used them for this exact purpose, albeit on a 
much smaller scale).

These old virtual routing platforms are cheap, easy to find on ebay or 
ebay-like sales arenas, and if stacked in the hundreds could *easily* 
simulate many hundreds of thousands of routers, while server farms cab be 
injected at appropriate points to simulate the "local networks" residing 
on these routers.

It's doable.  The question is whether it would really serve any useful 
purpose.

//Alif

-- 
I hate Missouri.  Land of the free, home of the perjuriously deranged.
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