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cyber security: [September 2010]

Teaching Tech Warfare
From "Teaching Tech Warfare" by Lauren Ober, Seven Days, September 1, 2010

A new center at Norwich University, Vermont, will allow students to experience cyber combat. The Norwich University Advanced Computing Center houses the Cyber Weapons Range War Room, a virtual practice range for computer warfare. After many years in development, the center will go live this semester. The War Room holds four stacks of computer servers, and a computer lab next door will allow future soldiers as well as civilians to mount real cyber attacks and defend real systems. Dr. Peter Stephenson, chief information security officer at Norwich, insists he is not teaching students to become hackers. Rather, he argues, in order to prevent hackers from breaching a system, you have to know how they do it. Being able to reverse-engineer various types of malware in a controlled environment is essential. 

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