What is a Cyber Security Laboratory?

Cybersecurity professionals are responsible for protecting IT infrastructure, edge devices, networks, and data. More granularly, they are responsible for preventing data breaches, monitoring, and reacting to cyber attacks. The best place for professionals to test and research best practices and the latest cybercrime exploits is in a simulation environment called a Cyber Lab.

The Cyber Security Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, dedicated space in which IoTech Protect’s cyber experts educate and train companies to detect and deactivate malware, conduct penetration testing, and develop best practices in a contained and controlled environment that will not affect a company’s daily operations.”

Cyber Laboratory serves as an infrastructure simulation & training venue for sharing technological knowledge about vulnerabilities and the latest Cyber threats, for training and collaboration with industrial, academic, and other scientific partners.

Developed by a highly-skilled team of professionals with direct, hands-on expertise in the protection of communications, vulnerabilities, and complete physical infrastructure.

Cyber Laboratory allows clients to learn the latest innovations, troubleshoot response methodology, and test resistance to specific cyber threats. The goal is to reduce security risks and ensure compliance with the security and specific industrial regulations, protocols, and best practices.

Venues can be at client or IoTech Protect sites to best meet customer needs. The curriculum is also tailored to organizational needs. IoTech Protect is committed to continuous innovation to confront a dynamic changing set of threats with advanced technologies.

Where is a Cyber Laboratory useful?

There is an acute shortage of information assurance professionals in an industry challenged with ever-evolving threats to digital security. At the IoTech Protect Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab, our commitment is to address that shortage and contribute to building a strong workforce in a field that is crucial to keeping cyberspace secure.

Cyber Lab focuses on education, research, and partnerships with academia, industry, and government. Our academic programs empower students with the knowledge they need to make a difference. Our faculty works on innovative research projects that help discover new ways to combat cyber attacks. Through partnerships, we strive to maintain a shared knowledge base that benefits the industry as a whole.

Why use a Cyber Lab?

A Cyber Lab can be used with your team or university as a way to train your employees or personnel, test new security protocols, explore and learn about the latest security threats, and assure information security.

Cyber Labs and research facilities are used to mitigate the risk of attacks by developing complex cybersecurity strategies and action plans.  Furthermore, it brings together key players in the organization or cross-functional teams to practice and learn these technologies and threats.

For example, when there is a new bot discovered, a cyber lab gives your team an opportunity to bring in academics and government teachings and instruct your company to be aware of new threats. Cyber Labs enable companies to run simulations in a lab setting and bulletproof their infrastructure.

  • According to academic research, more than 50% of the chief information security officers (CISOs) plan to blend cybersecurity and privacy into all business decisions, making it every employee’s and stakeholder’s concern.
  • With the evolution of digital threats and a remote workforce, cyber resistance requires participation from every member of the organization and is no longer solely the responsibility of IT and security officers.

CISOs, lab managers, and other stakeholders can engage employees by changing the way cybersecurity is presented and taught. Surveys show that those who found training to be very interesting were 13 times more likely to change the way they think about cyber threats and to alter their habits. Therefore, organizations should talk about complicated cybersecurity matters in a memorable, entertaining, and accessible way.

Today’s Digital Landscape and the Need for Enhanced Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity training isn’t a new concept for most organizations. Ever since the advent of the internet, there have been risks to personal and business security. Accordingly, most organizations have deployed countermeasures in the past to combat them effectively. However, today’s digital landscape greatly differs from what it was even five years ago, and the illusion that companies won’t be hacked has been shattered.

Modern businesses operate at much higher efficiency levels than companies from 10 years ago. Thanks to the new circular economy, digitization of assets, large data storage capabilities, and cloud-based services, organizations can now streamline their operations and provide better quality goods and services to their customers. However, these advancements in technology, along with better accessibility to company data, also come with great risks to both personal and business security.

Resource: Online Master of Business Administration

Cybercrime: By the Numbers

A new global study based on 500 interviews conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of IBM finds that the average amount of time required to identify a data breach is 197 days, and the average amount of time needed to contain a data breach once it is identified is 69 days. This is why being proactive when it comes to protecting your cyber infrastructure yields a significant return on investment dollars.

Resources: IBM Study Hidden Costs of Data Breaches Increase Expenses for Businesses

When it comes to cost-effectiveness, the study makes it clear time is of the essence. Companies that were able to contain a breach in less than 30 days saved $3.09 million compared to those that took more than 30 days to contain at a cost of $4.25.

What are virtual training labs?

Cybersecurity training labs are the optimal way to simulate specific learnings required for your industry, product, and organization. Taking this type of hands-on retreat, either with a physical relocation or virtual lab,  focuses attention on the specific best practices, emerging threats, and proactive efforts for maximal effect. Conducting active cybersecurity training helps ensure employees integrate essential best practices, protocols, and procedures, have questions answered, and address company-specific issues. Additionally, it can help make sure your employees are ahead of the curve in applying cyber protection practices.

IoTech Protect’s Cybersecurity training lab analytics can be easily customized so that you can play your part in staying up-to-date and developing a sustainable, protected business in today’s digital landscape.

Our cyber security team stands ready to help meet your needs, with:

  • Integrating IoT devices with third-party and in-house applications
  • Compliance with regulatory and industry standards and best
  • Managing internal and external threats
  • Maintaining online hygiene
  • Performing analysis of cybersecurity infrastructure
  • Structural assessments
  • Customized cybersecurity services
  • Project management and implementation

In-Source Cyber Protection is a comprehensive and agile platform, developed by our cybersecurity team, and recognized for its cybercrime detection and prevention experience. We enhance your existing cybersecurity resources and systems with an infrastructure you control and manage in-house. IoTech Protect will support development and execution of these long-range strategic plans, helping you adapt to the ever-changing threat landscape.

Contact Us to learn how we can help mitigate risk and protect your online presence.