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Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Doug Jacobson
Doug Jacobson

Academics and researchers at Iowa State University have developed a cyber test bed that can simulate all sorts of Internet-based attacks on computer networks, and will soon begin using this test bed to simulate attacks on portions of the national electricity grid.

With the help of $500,000 in seed money from the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Doug Jacobson has spearheaded an effort to build what is called the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment, nicknamed ISEAGE. This array of hardware and software will enable researchers to replicate a wide variety of attack modes – some well understood; others still on the cutting-edge — that will enable them to test cyber defenses erected to safeguard a wide variety of computer-based applications.

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