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Cybersecurity Workforce Training Platform – Project Ares

CACE has partnered with Circadence to bring you, Project Ares!

Project Ares® is an immersive, gamified cybersecurity training and assessment platform that provides cybersecurity teams with the opportunity to practice skills and hone tactics in real time. Training to scale, the proprietary platform engages teams in realistic, mission-specific virtual environments using real-world tools, network activity and a large library of authentic threat scenarios. Artificial intelligence combined with virtual machine orchestration enables the platform to convert real-time threat intelligence into new missions, keeping training fresh, relevant and challenging. Unlike the traditional lecture-based training models, Project Ares takes cybersecurity training out of the classroom and into an interactive real-world environment.

Engage learners through gamification—The virtual gaming environment supports customized, task-oriented training, skill-specific games, and mission scenarios for individual and team exercises.

Cultivate skills that complement classroom learning—Combined with machine orchestration, AI technology converts real-life adversary scenarios into fresh, challenging content helping students apply learned concepts to actual activities.

Reward-driven learning—Badges and certificates encourage progress and serve students long-term as accomplishments to be highlighted for applications for internships and future career pursuits.

Circadence® is working with CACE to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals with hands-on experience.

Project Ares as a Robust Cyber Curriculum

The Project Ares platform can be incorporated into any academic course that seeks to add a highly technical training capability with little to no additional work on the part of the instructor. CACE can provide an instructor with an excel workbook that has the line itemized tasks that are trainable and testable using the Project Ares platform. The curriculum can thereby be enhanced to train students at all stages of learning to use real-world tools and tactics within authentic scenarios. Instructors can utilize its features and the constantly evolving content library to build a robust cyber curriculum that more effectively prepares students to enter the workforce.

Instructor Benefits

  • Instructor portal. Project Ares provides administrators and instructors with a dashboard view for progress monitoring, performance assessment, and real-time training intervention. Trainers can also review a student’s activities asynchronously to view automated scoring, add comments, join student sessions or participate in a scenario.
  • Assessments, Reporting, and Review. Project Ares offers review material, instructional videos, technical games, hands-on-keyboard practice exercises and complete end-to-end problem-solving in authentic scenarios. The automatic, AI-powered umpire feature grades the student’s performance and eliminates the need for instructors to comb through logs to score homework or tests. Gameplay is recorded and saved for visibility into students’ activity history. These records serve institutions and teams with data on engagement and skills acquisition and allow for mission playback for play-by-play instructor/student review. These features enhance learning for the student and allow instructors to focus less on assessments and more on training our next generation of cyber professionals. The platform will help train Offensive and Defensive cyber tasks that include reconnaissance, vulnerability identification, exploitation, forensics, network analysis, and much more to support your student assessment needs.

Contact CACE today for a platform demo and curriculum enhancement advisory session.

Student Benefits

Gamified learning. Our virtual gaming environment adapts to the experiential learning style of next generation students and supports customized, task-oriented training, skill-specific games, and mission scenarios for both individual and team-based exercises. This approach encourages the repetition necessary to develop lasting skill and knowledge retention while keeping students excited and engaged.
AI-powered. Project Ares introduces artificial intelligence as a computerized advisor, umpire, and opponent. The AI component provides on-demand help and instant feedback to students, freeing up the instructor’s time to facilitate gameplay, assist with real-time learning, and maximize classroom time. Combined with machine orchestration, the AI component converts real-life scenarios into fresh, challenging content ensuring students have limitless opportunities to hone their skills without frequent duplication.
Battle School. Students have the opportunity to prepare in the Project Ares Battle School, which enables asynchronous practice and review of cyber skills and knowledge. Key features include: cyber games for technical topics (i.e. Cylitaire, PortFlow), battle room for non-mission specific tactical practice, and a media center for videos, documents, and other key resources/websites in cybersecurity.
Reward-driven learning. Scenario-based missions and gameplay enable users to earn skill badges and certifications as expressions of their proficiency on singular cyber tasks and in large-scale, cooperative settings. These badges and certificates encourage progress and serve students long-term as notes of accomplishment to be highlighted on applications for internships, furthering their education, and pursuing their careers.

Accessing Project Ares

Faculty should contact CACE to schedule a review of your curriculum support needs. We will develop a collaborative plan to integrate Project Ares into your course.

Students and community members can get access to Project Ares by purchasing a 60-day access license.

– Registration includes 2-month unlimited 24/7 apprentice level access to the Project Ares training platform.

When you have your username and password, you can log in here to Project Ares 

Last updated: 3/21/2022