With an eye on advancing its preparations in case of a future cyber war breaking out, the US government has firmed up plans to create a scalable model of the internet.
The move by the US government is aimed at testing both offensive and defensive strategies in a controlled environment. It can also be used to stimulate possible attack scenarios from both foreign and domestic adversaries and device countermeasures.
Several US companies are already working on developing a prototype for the project and reportedly a sum of $500m has been allocated to the US Department of Defense for creating the network.
The initiative which has been christened as the National Cyber Range project is conducted under the aegis of DARPA will allow researchers to conduct experiments in quick time reports Chicago Tribune (opens in new tab).
Concerns of cyber wars have been emerging in recent months with targeted attacks on Google and certain US defense contractors being cited as the handiwork of a foreign country looking to compromise US networks. Already there is talk about forming rules of engagement on lines of Geneva Convention for cyber war.
Given the scenario, the move by US government to create a scalable model of the internet seems quite logical and it is hoped that one of the prototypes will be in operation by end of this year.