Students acquire an in-depth understanding of cyber-attacks, hacking, social engineering, detection, incident response, hardening and mitigation through guided learning and applying methods both theoretically and practically. Finally, students can showcase their hands-on cyber security skills.
The platform is used in a wide range of classrooms, from high schools to universities of applied sciences internationally. Several international companies use Hacking-Lab as their core hands-on lab platform in their everyday training environment.
ICT-Berufsbildung Schweiz (ICT Vocational Training Switzerland) is the driving force behind ICT competencies in vocational education and training. The association is responsible for Federal Swiss Professional Degrees in Computer Science and Mediamatics and is the examining body for various Swiss Federal examinations in the ICT security sector.
For the professional examination for Cyber Security Specialists (EFA), the candidates must complete the five-hour practical exam in the Hacking-Lab Cyber Range. The highly practice-oriented exam setting simulates real-life threats and situations. The exam graduates must identify vulnerabilities, as they would in actual real-life systems, and must deal with challenges that require defense against specific cyber-attacks.
The SIW Höhere Fachschule für Wirtschaft und Informatik AG was the first provider of this vocational, on-the-job preparatory course for the Swiss Federal Professional Examination as a Cyber Security Specialist.
The training institute attaches great importance to high levels of practical relevance. The basic theory is supplemented with hands-on learning and practice sessions in the Hacking-Lab Cyber Range, in addition to other activities. The test exam towards the end of the course, as well as the official exam in practical case management, takes place in the Hacking-Lab Cyber Range. This ensures optimal preparation, even within an exam setting.
Since 2015, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences has integrated the Hacking Lab Cyber Range into its Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Computer Science. In coordination with the lecture topics, students work on practical tasks in the IT security lab - individually or in groups, independently of time and location.
On-site supervisors manage the Hacking-Lab infrastructure themselves, supervise teaching content, and put together classroom-based tasks. The Hacking-Lab Cyber Range is also often used in freely-selected master projects to analyze practical cybersecurity methods and to find solutions to cybersecurity problems.