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NASHVILLE POST: Cybersecurity training center to open next month

Tech Hill Commons will be home to first facility of its kind in region

AUTHORS Kara Hartnett

Tech Hill Commons will next month become home to the Nashville region's first advanced cybersecurity training facility.

Cloud Range Cyber, which was formed this summer by local entrepreneur Debbie Gordon, will in January open the doors to the Nashville Cyber Range, where companies will be able to run through advanced cyber-defense training simulations, incident response exercises and develop other cybersecurity workforce skills. With cyber attacks growing in number and scope, a study by Cybersecurity Ventures found there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.

“The Nashville Cyber Range is prepared to help companies, both locally and around the country, avoid the crippling effects of a cyber attack,” Gordon, who has previously run Snappy Auction and S3 Asset management, said in a release. “With its central location in Nashville at Tech Hill Commons, Cloud Range is poised to help companies perform safely amidst the increasing cyber threats of the 21st century.”

Gordon and Cloud Range will use a technology platform developed by Israel-based Cyberbit. The Nashville Cyber Range team also is planning to integrate its work with local college and university curricula to provide an advanced training experience for students.

“By using a unique cloud-based cyber range model, simulation-based cybersecurity training is now accessible to tens of thousands of trainees in Tennessee, and nationwide,” Adi Dar, CEO at Cyberbit, said in the release. “The new Nashville Cyber Range will not only increase cyber resilience across numerous organizations but will also create new job opportunities to address unemployment and close the skill gap."