Cybersecurity training program with Israeli Defense Force ties to open in Nashville

Article from Nashville Business Journal

Author Joel Stinnett  – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal

Another tech training program is opening up shop in Nashville — but unlike the others, this course has ties to the Israeli Defense Force.

Nashville-based Cloud Cyber Range LLC announced Wednesday it will launch its Nashville Cyber Range inside Tech Hill Commons during the first quarter of 2019. The program will offer cybersecurity training and incident response simulation exercises as well as cybersecurity higher education and workplace development.  

Cloud Range is a strategic partner with Israel-based Cyberbit, who developed the official cybersecurity platform for the Israeli Defense Force. Debbie Gordon, Cloud Range CEO and former founder and CEO of S3 Asset Management, said there are only 13 similar courses around the world.

Cybersecurity has become a top priority for businesses across industries as high-profile data breaches become more and more common. Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) said last week that the personal information of up to 500 million guests may have been accessed in a breach, and according to a 2017 Cybersecurity Jobs Report sponsored by the Herjavec Group, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.

Gordon said Nashville’s program will accept individual students and also allow businesses to bring in their security teams to simulate cyber attacks. She said most companies think they are safe from a breach, but they usually aren't.

“Most security engineers don’t have the ability to practice for attacks. Usually, the only time they see them is when they actually happen … and you can’t just click something to shut them down,” Gordon said. “During [the simulation,] members of the C-suite can watch … what is happening so they can visualize through the platform something that otherwise is very nebulous.”

The program will also partner with universities in order to augment the school’s cybersecurity curriculum. Most Cyber Range courses will meet once a week for four to five weeks with room for up to 20 students, Gordon said. Prices have yet to be determined but she said subscriptions will be offered to area businesses.

“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”, Cyberbit CEO Adi Dar said in a press 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.”