Cisco inaugurates Cyber Range Lab in Gurgaon, India

Cisco India Summit 2017
Cisco India inaugurated its Cyber Range Lab in Gurgaon, India. The Cisco Cyber Range Lab aims to provide specialized technical training workshops to help security staff build the skills and experience necessary to combat new-age threats.

Gulshan Rai, national cyber security coordinator, Government of India, inaugurated the Cyber Range Lab in the presence of Dinesh Malkani, president, Cisco India and SAARC at the Cisco India Summit 2017.

“With the launch of Cisco Cyber Range, we are helping our customers to be prepared to identify and mitigate a threat before it becomes a crisis,” said Dinesh Malkani, president, Cisco India and SAARC.

The demand for cybersecurity experts has grown three times faster than any other IT job role, and training a cybersecurity workforce is a priority for many organizations.

As per a Cisco report, there are more than 1 million unfulfilled security jobs worldwide currently, and the lack of skills and training hinders organizations from deploying advanced security.

Thirty-one percent of organisations in India (24 percent globally) believe that a high requirement of various certifications is a barrier, and 29 percent of organisations in India consider their workload too heavy to take on new responsibilities on cyber security (23 percent globally), according to a Cisco study.

Cisco Cyber Range Lab will use 200-500 different types of malware, ransomware and 100 attack cases to deliver realistic cyber-attack experiences. The facility can be accessed virtually from any part of the world and will be a living lab of technical knowledge for network security and how to mitigate cyber attacks.

Cisco earlier launched a Security Operations Center (SOC) in Pune to provide a range of services, from monitoring and management to comprehensive threat solutions and hosted security that can be customized to meet customer/partner needs.

With India as the fourth location in addition to Poland, the U.S. and Japan, this structure allows Cisco to provide a 24-hour service for customers and partners regardless of time zone.

In December 2016, Cisco announced India Security & Trust Organization (STO) that works with public and private sector customers to help analyze their infrastructure, understand cyber risks, identify and mitigate vulnerabilities, and assist in building networks on a foundation of secure, resilient, and trustworthy products.

Cisco has reduced time to detection to six hours, as per the Cisco Cybersecurity Report 2017. The report also states that over one-third of organizations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue losses of more than 20 percent.