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Pentagon wants an interactive training program to replay cyberattack scenarios

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An aerial view of the Pentagon. // Defense Department file photo

The Defense Department wants an interactive computer program that simulates network attacks, with the goal of training and assessing security analysts.

The department is seeking ideas on technology that can replay attack scenarios and conduct “cyber exercises,” so analysts can get a more sophisticated sense of ways attackers exploit system vulnerabilities, contract databases show.

The technology is an attempt to address a critical shortage of skilled information security analysts in the federal government, even as increasingly complex threats emerge.

“The system developed under this topic will create a new capability in assessing team effectiveness and in training new analysts,” according to a small business tender.

Defense is accepting proposals from August 27 through September 26. Researchers that make it to the final phase of funding will be expected to test the programs with teams.

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