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XNET CERT Exercise Network

  • November 2009
  • This brochure provides an overview of the XNET CERT Exercise Network, which provides organizations with access to realistic, flexible cyber-training scenarios.
  • Workforce Development
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    Traditional classroom training and paper-based "tabletop" exercises are only moderately effective in preparing organizations to respond to real-world cyber events. There is simply no replacement for experience and practice. The goal of XNET is to provide organizations with convenient and continuous access to realistic and flexible cyber-training scenarios. This experiential approach allows leaders to assess and improve the cyber-readiness of their personnel and command and control processes. 

    The CERT XNET development team can work with your organization to shape these scenarios to model your environment, mission requirements, and training objectives. The use cases for XNET are extensible and can range from weekly, 3-hour threat management challenges for small teams to annual, enterprise-wide, multi-day cyber-reaction exercises.

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