On October 5, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that a $500,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education will be provided to the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) to help pay for a fully functional dedicated cyber range for educational training.
Over the past year, the cyber range was constructed on the UCA campus by METOVA, a national leader in software and cyber range development, and UCA began work on developing post-secondary content and ensuring the range is remotely accessible. In November 2018, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) entered into agreements with METOVA and NICERC to develop curriculum modules to be used to teach important cyber security concepts.
This page will be used to share information about the Arkansas Cyber Range, developed modules, professional development offerings, and online learning opportunities related to Information Security.
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Module 1 - Intro to Range and Hacker Methodology (Pilot Draft Released 01/09/2019)
Module 2 - Know Normal: Recognize Regular and Irregular Traffic Patterns (Released 03/05/2019)
Module 3 - Traffic Shaping and Manipulation (Released 03/06/2019)
Module 4 - Logging and Monitoring (Expected Release 3/16/2019)
Module 5 - Windows Hosts (Expected Release 3/29/2019)
Module 6 - Linux Hosts (Expected Release 4/19/2019)
Module 7 - Network Services (Expected Release 5/10/2019)
Module 8 - Forensics (Expected Release 5/31/2019)
Arkansas public schools and teachers implementing the above modules, or those that can demonstrate appropriate need for access, may be granted range access at no cost to the school or teacher. To request access please fill out the form found at: https://goo.gl/forms/TiJA3ukoBAXi3B9h2.
Last Update: March 6, 2019
For more information, please contact:
Anthony Owen, Chief State STEM Officer and State Director of Computer Science Education
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201