SOCIAL MEDIA ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNET REPLICATION
ANTICIPATING CYBER WARFARE THREATS
From replicating real life social media environments that facilitate the enemy’s operations, to delivering nation state intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance of mission critical infrastructure, SMEIR prepares our nation’s military with multi-domain training and intelligence.
TRADITIONAL CYBER TRAINING IS NO MATCH FOR TODAY'S CHALLENGES
Today’s virtual training environments are segmented and simplistic, failing to adequately prepare warfighters and cyber operators for the complex challenges they will confront on the cyber battlefield. Using outdated and one-dimensional training, our armed forces are unable to outpace the operational tempo of the rapidly-evolving multi-domain battlefield. In this virtual arena, where new threats emerge each day, better tools are needed to anticipate and prepare for the risks of tomorrow.
A total solution integrating all aspects of the training life cycle
Social Media Environment and Internet Replication (SMEIR)™, a product of IDS International Government Services, is a digital training solution that provides an immersive, realistic, and scalable operational practice environment. In this environment, warfighters simultaneously train on social media analytics and full-spectrum cyberspace operations, during integrated and multi-dimensional exercises.
Content is flexible and customizable, covering everything from social media analysis and engagement, to network mapping. Before each training exercise, commanders provide SMEIR experts with their operational problem sets, then SMEIR is tailored to provide force-on-force scenarios that address each problem set. Subject matter experts (SMEs) lead each training exercise, providing real-time feedback for every client operator. Once the exercises are complete, SMEIR SMEs perform after-action reviews, providing additional recommendations to bolster operational readiness.
By replicating realistic internet environments within a closed network, SMEIR delivers the ability to conduct unrestricted offensive and defensive cyber and information operation training. SMEIR is the only solution of its kind to combine information operations and a cyber range into one virtual training platform.
SMEIR is used at the Joint Readiness Training Center, National Training Center, Cybertropolis, and at civilian locations hosting Mission Readiness Exercises. US Army Special Forces, Psychological Operations, and Civil Affairs units from team to battalion levels have all used SMEIR to meet their training needs.
SMEIR delivers the ability to conduct unrestricted offensive and defensive combat information operations training while replicating realistic internet environments in closed network environments. Content is flexible and customizable, covering everything from social media analysis and engagement, to network mapping.
SMEIR addresses the experience gap operators often face between the time they receive classroom training, to when they must operationalize their training in combat environments. SMEIR is comprised of five core capabilities:
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA REPLICATION
SMEIR’s training environment replicates all major social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook), blogs, email, instant messenger, website content, deep web, and creates backbone architecture to support each exercise.
EXERCISE DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT TOOL (EDMT)
Scenarios prepare participants to operate efficiently within today’s volatile cyber battlefields. Manage and control all training content into exercises in real time.
MALICIOUS TRAFFIC GENERATOR
Whether running automated cyber threats or penetration testing security vulnerabilities within mission-critical infrastructure, SMEIR integrates offensive and defensive cyber and social media attacks. This powerful real-world cyber weapon can be used agnostically to generate realistic white noise within the social media environment or to attack nodes within a defined virtual network infrastructure via methods such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or malware insertion.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
IDS can provide technical support for training, assistance with cyber range exercises, serve in an advisory role, and/or assist with scenario evaluation.
SMEIR trainers drag and drop network components into blueprint models, generating virtual systems. Replicating both friendly and adverse cyber infrastructure, the training environment is automated and innovative, no matter the size of the networking being simulated. SMEIR easily integrates into any hardware system facilitating a hybrid of software and hardware defined networks, building every possible scenario from a neighborhood city block to critical nation-state infrastructure.
IMPLEMENTATION AND DEPLOYMENT
SMEIR is delivered on a unique platform that can be implemented in one of three ways:
Client site: SMEIR license is installed on an approved client site server.
DISA compliant cloud: Clients are able to remotely log into SMEIR from any Internet connected device. This allows all replicated Internet content, social media platforms, and networks on the server to be stored and easily accessed via a secured connection.
Physical deployment of SMEIR: SMEs deploy to the client site with an air-gapped server. The SMEIR server is physically deployed and operated without a live Internet connection. Using this option, SMEIR can be accessed locally via WIFI and/or closed physical connections at the customer’s discretion.
Regardless of implementation method, SMEIR trainers populate content and deliver command-specific training, ensuring a comprehensive, virtual, and live training environment.