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Cyra: A model-driven cyber range assurance platform

Smyrlis, M., Somarakis, I., Spanoudakis, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-0037-2600, Hatzivasilis, G. and Ioannidis, S. (2021). Cyra: A model-driven cyber range assurance platform. Applied Sciences, 11(11), 5165. doi: 10.3390/app11115165


Digital technologies are facilitating our daily activities, and thus leading to the social transformation with the upcoming 5G communications and the Internet of Things. However, mainstream and sophisticated attacks are remaining a threat, both for individuals and organisations. Cyber Range emerges as a promising solution to effectively train people in cybersecurity aspects. A Training Programme is considered adequate only if it can adapt to the scope of the attacks they cover and if the trainees apply the learning material to the operational system. Therefore, this study introduces the model-driven CYber Range Assurance platform (CYRA). The solution allows a trainee to be trained for known and new cyber-attacks by adapting to the continuously evolving threat landscape and examines if the trainees transfer the acquired knowledge to the working environment. Furthermore, this paper presents a use case on an operational backend ICT system, showing how the CYRA platform was utilised to increase the security posture of the organisation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( 4.0)
Publisher Keywords: cyber-ranges; cybersecurity; security assurance; training programmes; CTTP models; CTTP programmes; adaptation; training; education; security awareness
Subjects: L Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
Funders: This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 786890 (THREAT-ARREST).
Date available in CRO: 13 Jul 2021 06:58
Date deposited: 13 July 2021
Date of acceptance: 29 May 2021
Date of first online publication: 2 June 2021
Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution International Public License 4.0.

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