specialists and develop new ways to protect online networks.“We want to get people together in synthetic task environments to develop a foundation of skillswhere everyone is operating off the same sheet of music,” Nauer said. “We bring people into a ‘live’environment that pits them against one another in weeklong games. We throw attacks at teamsfor them to figure out how to respond.”Researcher Ann E. Speedworks at the Cyber Engineering ResearchInstitute.
Sharing cyber expertise
The institute allows Sandia to share national laboratory expertise in cyber defense withuniversities and industry, said Director Rob Leland. That’s critical, given the increasing number andsophistication of cyber threats and the range of potential enemies, including adverse nations,terrorist networks, organized crime and individual hackers.“Our overall goal is to get all three sectors cooperating together,” Leland said. “Through outreach,we want to bring our capabilities to bear on problems and issues at the community level.”That reflects a newfound openness at Sandia.“Sandia’s responsibility for the cyber security aspects of the nuclear program, providing computer security for weapons, goes back decades,” said Senior Manager Ben Cook. “But now there’s amore general, national need for these capabilities …We want to connect more effectively (withcommunities) to create a two-way interchange of people and ideas.”The institute is divided into two divisions. The Cyber Engineering Research Lab, which employsabout 100 Sandia specialists at a 25,000-square-foot facility at the Sandia Science andTechnology Park in Albuquerque is one. And a Cyber Technology Research Lab in Livermore, Calif.,that provides closer communication with industry and academia in the Silicon Valley, is the other.