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Ottawa University (OUAZ) is partnering with Cyber Range Solutions (CRS) in offering a Cybersecurity Certification program at our Surprise, AZ campus. Program details can be found in the information tabs listed below.


Why complete this certification?

You can JUMPSTART your Cybersecurity career with Hands-On training from the Ottawa University Cyber Range (OUCR).The OUCR provides individuals, businesses, and government organizations with the skills they need to master the critical tactics to protect against cybersecurity threats.

The "Range" was created with Cyber Range Solutions Inc. (CRS) to address the acute cybersecurity job market gap. It introduces a new training approach by providing a hyper-realistic, virtual SOC environment, where you or your team can train in responding to real-world, simulated cyberattacks and dramatically improve their skills.

Educational Benefits

Ottawa University’s Cyber Range (OUCR) prepares your personnel for future employment in a Security Operations Center (SOC) by training in a hyper-immersive simulator that virtualizes an enterprise class network and SOC using real-world licensed SIEM, FW, EDR, and IPS.  The range will allow your students to experience identifying, isolating, and remediating real-world malware attacks in actual networks with authentic tools in real-time. 

The range is 100% NICE Framework-compliant and principally MITRE ATT&CK Framework-compliant. Your cyber program receives remote training opportunities in which students can access the OUAZ Cyber Range remotely via VPN. Instructors and faculty members can augment their existing curriculum and labs with time on the range.

Ottawa University Cyber Range (OUCR)

Simulating the Cyberattack Experience

The OU Range was created to address the critical cybersecurity job market gap. It introduces a hyper-realistic training approach by providing a hyper-realistic, virtual Security Operations Center (SOC) environment, where your team can train in responding to real-world, simulated cyberattacks and dramatically improve their skills.

  • Real-World Network.
  • Real-World Security Tools.
  • Real-World Simulated Attacks.
  • Real-World Experience that you can count on when it matters most.

Learn the skills you need in the OU Cyber Range, a virtualized corporate network with over 60 components including application, database and email servers as well as workstations and a simulated internet segment.  The virtual SOC (Security Operations Center) features market-leading security products so that you develop expertise with the same tools you will use on the job.

Key Capabilities of OUCR

  • Automated cyberattack simulation accurately simulates attack exercises ranging from basic threats to complex multi-stage attacks.
  • Comprehensive virtual networks -a selection of rich networks resembling a typical corporate network infrastructure. 
  • Real-world security tools including commercial Security Information and Event Management (SIEMs), firewalls and endpoint security tools.
  • Individual and team training to work on both individual skills as well as teamwork and communication skills.
  • Automated trainee assessment tracks and grades users automatically based on their performance.
  • Operational Training (OT) training options enabling critical infrastructure security and network staff to train in responding to IT/OT attacks

OUCR Schematic Diagram

OUCR Schematic Diagram

Hyper Realistic Scenarios

  • SQL Injection
  • Apache Shutdown
  • Web Defacement
  • Java Sendmail
  • WMI Worm
  • Ransomware
  • DDoS Attacks
  • SIEM Disable
  • Domain Keylogger
  • Trojan Data Leakage
  • and many more...

Hyper Realistic Cyber Attack Experience

- The only training platform providing all 3 pillars:

  1. Mirroring enterprise network infrastructure: Financial, Military, Power Plant, Oil and gas…
  2. Market-leading security tools: IBM, Splunk, McAfee, Palo Alto, Symantec, Check Point, RSA
  3. Simulating live cyberattacks:  Dragonfly, Wannacry, Heartbleed, Fileless Attacks, SQL Injection, Watering Hole, etc.…

What can a Business expect from this program?

Your students will graduate with a degree in Cybersecurity and confidence in the knowledge that the first time they handle a Cyber Attack will not be on the job.  Their hands-on cyber range experience as students makes their resume stand out as information security professionals.  Their remarkable job performance will enhance enrollment and prestige for your institution.

Graduating students will not only have a certification in Cybersecurity but also have experienced a real-world attack, making their resume stand out. More importantly, the first time they witness a cyber attack will not be on the job. In return, students being more prepared on the job leads to higher enrollment and prestige for your school.


The best collaborative and interactive platform for your students:

Ottawa University’s Cyber Range chat platform empowers collaboration among participants and allows for greater instructor- trainee communications. This collaborative platform encourages students to share insights, screenshots and messages among themselves and their instructor. The platform can be used to add comments, mention students and open a new channel for each topic.

The Virtualized SOC is a collection of commercial best of breed tools for Detection and Prevention of Cyber Attacks, it also includes the end trainees’ workstations that connect to those tools and can connect to elements of the attacked network.

The tool set depends on the network being used for a specific scenario, but typically includes at least one tool from several categories below:

  • Firewalls from Palo Alto, CheckPoint
  • Endpoint Security from McAfee, Symantec and Cyberbit
  • SIEM from MicroFocus Arcsight, IBM Qradar
  • OT Security
  • IT Availability tools

Ottawa University Cyber Range (OUCR) training offers various segments, which simulate operational environments.

The main network segments are:

  • Simulated internet zone (simulates popular web services such as webmail, websites, and others…)
  • Security segments
  • DMZ segments
  • Domain controller
  • Several subnets with servers, databases, end user stations
  • VPN segment

In addition to IP-based networks, the training network can integrate sections of SCADA networks, such as physical MODBUS controllers and other SCADA components, to simulate complex networks of critical infrastructure sites.

Standard network security tools, such as firewalls, routers, Network Management Systems (NMS), anti-virus, SIEM, and others, are incorporated into the network, thereby simulating a real-world cyber environment.

Where is program offered?

The program is offered at Ottawa University's new Surprise Arizona campus where classrooms have been specifically set up for this unique training experience.

Who is CRS?

Cyber Range Solutions

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