The New England Cyber Range Idea

New England Cyber Range at Devens, MA

Why A Cyber Range?

The New England Cyber Range was born because it became obvious that security professionals were seeking a realistic experience, one that represents reality but is also inclusive.  Learning from a real attack on an operational network is the wrong time to get experience.  The range is designed to provide a realistic attack and defend experience in a safe environment. The New England Cyber Range is purpose built to deliver the real world experience in a safe manner and elevate you or your entire security team's ability to recognize and react to attacks.

What's Different About The New England Cyber Range?

This is not a static environment with a singular security product deployed. You'll take control of a hospital, bank, energy company, or hacking group and assume control of that network. It's up to you to enhance the security while being attacked. This is real life. This is where your skills are tested, strengthened, enhanced.

What People are Saying

The instructors are awesome, the scenarios based on actual events,  very real and help me develop the skills I need to step up. 


Q. What experience is necessary to be a range participant?

A. We tailor the simulations for both experienced and new hires or transfers with basic IT skills.   Contact us to learn more or sign up to get on our mailing list for news of upcoming events.

Q. Can I attend as an individual?

A. Yes. Sign up to get our next schedule that will be published in June to see what's available this summer.   

Q.  Can the range experience be brought to my site or locations?

A.  Yes. If you can organize a group exercise we can produce an event at your site.  Contact us to learn more.

A range you can experience

First Independent Live Fire Range

The New England Cyber Range is the first independent commercial live fire hostile environment designed to elevate your ability to recognize and react to cyber attacks. Its goal is to expand the availability of range experiences to a broader range of organizations in order to close the knowledge and skills gap in the market.

Designed by Experts

The New England Cyber Range was designed and is operated by Joe Provost who developed the world's premier cyber ranges and cyber war game exercises for large enterprises, military, and government organizations. Joe most recently developed the world's first commercial cyber range at IBM's X-Force Cyber Command Center. Paul Paget brings his commercial attack platform experience pushing new services to market and launching Core Security and Pwnie Express.

Experience Live Adversaries

Lurking in the range environment are red team adversaries! The range arsenal is unleashed against the network you have to defend. You will experience:

  • Simulated cyber attack & recovery
  • Multiple live attack scenarios
  • Strategies & techniques for reacting

You will learn how to maintain your cool under fire!

Range and technology Experience

Military & Commercial Cyber Range Expertise

A leader in range development for live fire training,  designed the IBM X-Force Cyber Range, US Army Cyber Operations Group Ranges and others.

Know How In Closing Skills Gap

Helping organizations understand how to close the talent gap in cyber security with live range experience previously only available to the military.

Addressing New Attack Vectors

Leadership in advance penetration testing, social engineering, IoT, Bluetooth and Wireless systems.


Joe Provost



Joe Provost founded the New England Cyber Range in 2017 to bring the live fire crew training experience based on red team/blue team exercises to to a broader market. Realizing that there is a massively under served group of cyber security professionals, Joe built a program that provides security and leadership education accessible to commercial and local government so that organizations with even a single security professional can experience a live fire cyber range.  

Joe has over 20 years of cyber security experience across industry, military and intelligence operations. Joe was most recently managed the Threat & Modeling Research operation for the IBM X-Force Cyber Range. Joe was recruited by IBM to develop the new center at IBM's Security Business Unit headquartered in Cambridge, MA launched in 2016.  The IBM cyber range is considered among the most advanced in the world.  Prior to IBM Joe founded and led, Syncstate – a network security cyber threat attribution, system monitoring, and penetration testing services firm.  Earlier in Joe's career he was an warrant officer  with US Army. He completed assignments with NSA’s TAO unit and MIT Lincoln Lab Cyber Assessments group.  



Paul Paget


Paul is partners with Joe focused on developing the New England Cyber Range into the premier independent range in the US.  He shares Joe's passion for expanding the human capital of skilled security professionals and dealing with sophisticated adversaries.  

Paul has more than 20 years of leadership experience in information security bringing new services and products to market.  His focus has been heavily on offensive technologies designed to test network defenses against attacks.   Paul most recently led Pwnie Express as CEO, transforming the company's penetration testing device business into the first wired and wireless threat detection platform for IOT and mobile devices. Previously he was CEO at Savant Protection, an innovator in industrial control system protection. As CEO of Core Security Technologies he launched the world’s first commercial grade automated penetration testing solution Core Impact. Paul Paget is also  an advisor to the Security Innovation Center.



Dr. Abel Sanchez

Executive Director
MIT's Geospatial Data Center
Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Executive Director of MIT's Geospatial Data Center, architect of "The Internet of Things" global network, and architect of data analytics platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Altria. In cyber security, Dr. Sanchez architected impact analysis of large-scale cyber attacks designing Cyber Ranges for the Department of Defense (DOD). In password security, Dr. Sanchez led the design of a password firewall (negative authentication) for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) agency. In machine learning, addressing fraud detection, Dr. Sanchez designed a situational awareness framework that exploits different perspectives of the same data and assigns risk scores to entities for Accenture. He led the design of a global data infrastructure simulator, modeling follow-the-sun engineering, to evaluate the impact of competing architectures on the performance, availability and reliability of the system for Ford Motor Company. He has been involved in developing E-Educational software for Microsoft via their I- Campus Program and with establishing the Accenture Technology Academy, an online resource for over 200,000 employees. He has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in America, Asia, and Europe. He teaches MIT courses on cybersecurity, engineering computation, and data science and has produced over 150 educational videos.

Dr. Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow
Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center
Spidalieri leads the Pell Center's Cyber Leadership Research Project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. She was appointed by Gov. Gina Raimondo to the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission, and serves as a subject-matter expert for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Cyber Readiness Index Project and a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute.

Spidalieri's academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, cybersecurity workforce development and the professionalization of the cybersecurity industry. She is a volunteer member of the R.I. Cyber Disruption team and assists Salve Regina's graduate programs in the development of additional coursework and training on cybersecurity and risk management. In addition, Spidalieri lectures regularly at cyber-related events nationwide and contributes to journal articles and other publications on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.
Spidalieri has completed additional coursework in cybersecurity at the U.S. Naval War College's Center for Cyber Conflict Studies

Dr. John Williams


Civil and Environmental Engineering


John Williams is professor of information engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and engineering systems. He serves as the director of the Geospatial Data Center (GDC). Williams holds a B.A. in physics from Oxford University, a M.S. in physics from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Swansea University. His area of specialty is large scale computer analysis applied to both physical systems and to information.

Dr. Williams is internationally recognized in the field of computational algorithms for large-scale particle simulators and has authored two books and over 100 publications. His research has focused on architecting of large scale distributed simulation systems. He teaches graduate courses on modern software development and on web system architecting.

Additionally, Dr. Williams is director of MIT's Auto-ID Laboratory that is architecting “The Internet of Things.” In 2005 he was named, alongside Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, as one of the 50 most powerful people in computer networks. He serves on the Architectural Review Committee for EPCglobal Inc. and is co-director of the global alliance of Auto-ID Laboratories. He is project leader of the Grid/Agent Computing Program whose goal is to develop distributed systems that simulate the U.S. critical infrastructure. He is involved in a number of other projects for industry, including developing RFID sensor networks for Kajima Corporation and E-Educational software for Microsoft via their I-Campus Program.