The Texas Cyber Range (TxCR) is an environment where Virtual Machines (VMs) can be used to work on and learn about various tools, techniques, and systems in a detachable and malleable network. The TxCR allows you to set up any number of VM’s and form a network using router instances or bridged connections, and try anything, for example, sending out an attack from one machine to another and use a network analyzer to see what is being sent. This resource is highly sought after in industry due to simulating real world situations and use cases, and thus is excellent for learning or perfecting knowledge bases. This makes it invaluable for those trying to make their way into industry and get their hands dirty. Along with this, it’s available to the students of Texas A&M in classes (CSCE 465 currently), competitions (such as the tamuCTF), and other organizations to perform the various tasks and tests.
From its ability to simulate up to entire network, any use case is available. For students, you can learn anything within a broad scope. For teachers, you can set up and duplicate any network to create labs like the SEED labs. For government and non-university, you can run any form of attack, defense, or other strategy in a closed environment, extrapolate the results of a test deployment, and modify as needed.
If you would like to start using the range, contact:
- Description of a Cyber Range
- Examples of projects that can be loaded onto a Cyber Range
- Example of a company-developed Cyber Range