Project Ares Mission - Power Grid Incident Response - Operation Black Dragon

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Missions are scenarios designed to help train and assess skill levels of learners within a realistic story that is either offensive or defensive (i.e. ransomware attack on a hospital). The network environment is more complex than a Battle Room scenario and requires the learner(s) to combine multiple skill sets to complete the learning objectives. They are played individually, or in teams to learn together. Facilitators can also choose to enable or disable hints and enter the scenario to tailor the learning experience.

Players enter an environment and are given mission orders, rules of engagement and must use their skills to compete objectives.

Mission Activity (Blue Team - Defensive)

Intelligence reports that the power grids in the Nation of Formica are being targeted by an advanced cyber threat actor who seeks to demonstrate its global power. Experts are concerned that smart grid technologies, which use the internet to connect to power meters and appliances, could allow an attacker to overtake thousands-if not millions-of unprotected devices, preventing power from being delivered to end users.
  • Load Time - 17 min
  • Time Limit - 40 hrs
  • # of Tasks - 6
  • Hints - Yes
  • Save Session - Yes
  • Team Based - Yes

Learners should be familiar with digital forensics, cryptography, identify management, vulnerability assessment, web technology and enterprise architecture


The learner will conduct a cyber defence assessment to evaluate risks, determine indicators of compromise, improve network monitoring and mitigate the attack. The end state of the assessment will be a defensible power grid with local defender ability to detect attempts to compromise the grid as well as the ability to attribute any attacks and respond accordingly.


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