A1 Telekom Austria Group has launched a new centre to train the country’s workforce in cyber security.

Built around technology from training specialists Cyberbit Range, the A1 Cyber Range in Wiener Neustadt will provide simulations of network environments and attack scenarios.

The training programmes available will range from certification for entry-level analysts to advanced training for executives and security operations centre professionals. It is open to personnel from all industries including higher education, service providers, governments and enterprises.

The introduction of the centre follows the Austrian government identifying a skills shortage in cyber security which needed to be addressed.

Marcus Grausam, A1 CEO and CTO, said: "With its new A1 Cyber Range security training centre in Wiener Neustadt, A1 now offers the opportunity to identify threats early on, to test protective and defensive mechanisms and to train proficiency in defending against cybercrime attacks.

“This ensures that IT specialists will be even better prepared for the future and companies or institutions with a well-developed IT infrastructure will be protected from online attacks.

“Professional training, simulating and repelling such threat-scenarios is vitally important for businesses and the operators of critical infrastructure so they can increase their overall level of security.”

Cyberbit CEO Adi Dar said: "We are proud to join forces with Austria's leading telecom and cybersecurity provider to be a part of building up the nation's cybersecurity workforce.

“Our team worked closely with A1 to deploy the project in just three months. We are dedicated to continually bringing the most advanced security technologies to defend against growing cyber threats in the DACH region."

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