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Champlain College: Leading the Way in Cybersecurity Training Partnering with Federal Agencies

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– Champlain College in Vermont has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to maintain and utilize its cyber range, an interactive virtual environment for training law enforcement in cybersecurity.
– The cyber range allows law enforcement personnel to simulate cybersecurity incidents and gain hands-on training in digital forensics and prevention of cyber crimes.
– Champlain College is a recognized leader in cybersecurity and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Champlain College in Vermont has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to maintain, manage, and utilize its cyber range, an interactive virtual environment that simulates cybersecurity incidents. The contract also includes implementing a curriculum to train law enforcement across the country in realistic, hands-on digital forensics and prevention of cyber crimes.

Champlain College is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The college’s Leahy Center is a world-class laboratory with state-of-the-art technology and provides digital forensics and cybersecurity services to various organizations.

The cyber range will be used to train law enforcement personnel on the increasing threat of malware and ransomware attacks on businesses. Through simulations, law enforcement will focus on understanding cybercrime, investigation techniques, response strategies, and cybersecurity defense. The range can be accessed securely by law enforcement across the country and training scenarios can be obtained on any browser.

In addition to its benefits for law enforcement, the cyber range also provides opportunities for Champlain College students to engage in advanced research in the cybersecurity and cybercrime space. Students are currently developing a simulation for a business email compromise scenario involving modern tactics used in hacking hybrid business email environments.

Champlain College plans to develop in-person training sessions that utilize the cyber range environment, providing unique opportunities for training law enforcement agencies based on their specific needs. The college’s partnership with the USSS and the NCFI demonstrates its commitment to equipping law enforcement with the necessary skills to combat cybersecurity threats.

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