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GHOSTS in the Machine: Orchestrating a Realistic Cybersecurity Exercise Battlefield

June 2019 Presentation
Dustin D. Updyke

This presentation provides details about a software tool called GHOSTS that the SEI developed to improve the realism of training environments by creating simulated characters through the use of sophisticated artificial intelligence.


Software Engineering Institute



This presentation provides an overview of the non-player character framework called “General HOSTS,” or GHOSTS, that the SEI developed to improve the realism of cyber-training environments. GHOSTS enables cyber-training participants to interact with simulated characters that behave realistically without human intervention. This presentation gives technical details about how GHOSTS works. It also discusses the benefits of building cyber-training environments with a tool that convincingly simulates realistic network traffic, such as ensuring fuller engagement from participants in cyber exercises.