Cybersecurity training center set to open in Baltimore

The ETA Cyber Range is set to provide simulations of attacks on the digital battlefield.

Inside U.S. Cyber Command. (Photo by Michael L. Lewis/U.S. Army)

Baltimore is set to be home to a new cybersecurity training center for public-sector workers to practice responding to attacks, state officials said.
The ETA Cyber Range, run by Pikesville-based Electronic Technology Associates, will be designed to simulate threats to national assets and infrastructure. The center will run a training platform made by Israel-based Cyberbit.
Announced amid a trip by Gov. Larry Hogan and other Maryland leaders to Israel, the Cyber Range is slated to be open by the end of the year. A location has not been finalized. Initially, it would employ 10 people with plans to grow to 100 employees next year.
In the announcement, officials noted the city’s place as a center of cybersecurity startup activity with proximity to Fort Meade and the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
“The city is fast becoming a hotbed of cybersecurity activity, and these companies’ investment in Baltimore is the latest sign that cyber innovation has found a home in Charm City,” Hogan said in a statement.
It was just one of a number of announcement issued during Hogan’s “economic development mission.”
On Tuesday, the state announced that Israel-based Nayax is set to open a U.S. headquarters in Hunt Valley. The company makes technology to manage cashless payments on vending machines and other unattended machines.
On Thursday, Hogan met with leaders from radar giant ETLA and announced plans to expand its footprint with a new facility in Annapolis Junction. For the U.S., the company makes border surveillance radars for the Department of Homeland Security, and a system that “detects, identifies, and defeats” enemy UAVs.

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