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Ariel University is currently establishing a training center for cyber protectors based on technology by Cyberbit, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems. The center will be used as a basis for instruction for those standing at the technological front, in charge of the intact operating of systems, information infrastructures, computerization infrastructures and internet infrastructure in different companies, and those in charge of protecting those infrastructures from cyber attacks.

The institute will be established as part of the Cyber Technologies Center at Ariel University, headed by Major General Ami Shafran. The institute will offer cyber protectors to practice using a technological system called “Cyber Instructor”, developed by Cyberbit. This cyber instructor simulates the attacked environment, and with different cyber scenarios, offers trainees the guidance to acquire professional tools to handle cyber attacks and effectively defend against them.

The Cyber Instructor system will be used as a professional platform for instruction in an academic framework meant to train students of engineering, computers, cyber professions as well as engineers and people in the computers industry seeking professional instruction for handling attacks on the computerized infrastructures system in various companies in the industry.

Cyber Instructor is suited for most communications and computerization networks in the industry, in commercial companies, in the academy and others, and constitutes an improved and effective training tool. The system includes a large number of attack scenarios suited specifically to each company. The attack is done automatically and the instruction is handled by a “white team” who supervises, instructs and leads the practice in every stage. At the end of the practice an inquiry is held to produce needed insights and the needed tools for protecting infrastructures in that company.

Different companies such as banks, credit companies, insurance companies, different security services and even the IDF cyber personnel could train their IT teams using this system, by adjusting scenarios and simulating the work environment under different attacks. The different simulations will allow them to operate effectively in real-time.

“It is important to us,” says Yochai Corem, VP Marketing & Products, Cyberbit, “That the system we have developed could be used for academic training of the highest quality of future cyber fighters. The system works in a way that it allows students and professionals to acquire the more efficient tools for various attack scenarios.”

“As a university,” adds Danny Hardon, Director of FEL Center at Ariel University, “We are interested in giving students the most advanced technologies so that they could end up with a modern academic education and at the same time with practical and practicable knowledge they can use when they enter the job market in Israel.”