Malware Mimics for Network Security Assessment
Commander Will Taff, NPS • Paul Salevski, NPS

This presentation reviews the effort to construct a training tool that will allow for realistic and observable training of Network Administrators on live, operational networks through the use of network nodes called Malware mimics. Malware mimics are programs that are inherently stable and controllable, but when activated, can produce the desired behaviors of a computer-based network threat. The mimics, once properly tested and verified, could then be installed upon an actual live computer network where they would become a useful tool for training network administrators, blue team members, and supervisory personnel.

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