Official Release Version 1.6.7 9/22/2017

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Minor Configuration Updates & Fixes

Challenges

  • Networking Anomalies: The Packet Capture Edition [Challenge 433]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Protect & Defend/Incident Response)
  • Lengthy Logs: Attack Analysis [Challenge 750]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Protect & Defend/Cyber Defense Analysis)
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
  • Preventative Protection: Thwarting the Imminent Threat [Challenge 762]
    • Technical Challenge No Longer in Beta
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
    • Complexity Level 2 Added!
  • Malicious Malware! [Challenge 1110]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Protect & Defend/Cyber Defense Analysis)
  • Minor Updates & Bug Fixes to a Handful of Challenges
  • Spelling & Grammar Fixes to Full Catalog of Challenges

Platform (Webportal)

  • Updated Challenge Documentation Submission Behavior to End Challenge
    • When submitting the final documentation for the challenge, the portal will now end the challenge and allow the player to select a new challenge without leaving the page
  • Updated Curator Pod View
    • Now shows the same pod view as the players
  • Challenge Submissions Page Added to Player Tab
    • This interface allows players to review their challenge attempt submissions
      • Challenge attempt submissions include documentation, software used, final challenge check information, duration of the attempt, & a graphical representation of check states over the course of an attempt
      • Shows the result of the curator’s review (Successful Completion? Yes/No)
  • Minor Updates to the Curator’s Submissions Page
    • Now archived submissions show the review result (Successful Completion? Yes/No)
Official Release Version 1.6.6 8/14/2017

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Minor Configuration Updates & Fixes

Challenges

  • Preventative Protection: Thwarting the Imminent Threat [Challenge 762]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Protect & Defend/Incident Response)
    • Prototype Challenge [BETA]
  • Operations Gone Wrong: The Incompetent Intern [Challenge 518A]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Administration)
  • Minor Updates & Bug Fixes to a Handful of Challenges
  • Minor Updates to Check Plugins

Platform (Webportal)

  • Challenge Deployment Added to Pod Page of Webportal
    • This interface adds the same functionality to the Webportal that is present in the Challenge Portal of the Player-Terminal VM
  • Challenge Documentation Added to Pod Page of Portal
    • This interface allows players to document their challenge solutions/software used as part of the challenge submission process
  • Challenge Submission Review Page Added to Curator Tab of Portal
    • This interface allows curators to review players challenge attempt submissions
      • Challenge attempt submissions include documentation, software used, final challenge check information, duration of the attempt, & a graphical representation of check states over the course of an attempt
Official Release Version 1.6.5 6/16/2017

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Minor Configuration Updates & Fixes
    • VMware Tools & Open-VM-Tools Updates

Challenges

  • Data Mining & Data Warehousing [Challenge 520A]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Data Administration)
  • A Database Story: Backup then Recovery [Challenge 522]
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
  • Minor Updates & Bug Fixes to a Handful of Challenges
  • Minor Updates to Check Plugins

Platform (Webportal)

  • Work Order Interface Added to Pod Page of Webportal
    • This interface displays the same information that is in the Work Order System (OTRS) of the Player-Terminal VM when a challenge is deployed to the pod
Official Release Version 1.6.0 5/23/2017

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Minor Configuration Updates & Fixes

Challenges

  • A Tutorial Technical Challenge! [Challenge 001T]
    • Tutorial Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • A Tutorial Hybrid Challenge! [Challenge 002T]
    • Tutorial Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195)
    • Threat Sandbox Added! (Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160)
    • Threat Sandbox Added! (Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • EternalBlue (CVE-2017-0144)
    • Threat Sandbox Added! (Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • KMS, Knowledge Maybe Somewhere? [Challenge 394A]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Knowledge Manager)
  • The Network is Down! Contractor Edition [Challenge 452]
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
  • Knowledge Management: The Framework to Connect Them All [Challenge 505A]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Knowledge Manager)
  • STIG Solutions [Challenge 653A]
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
  • Assuring Accurate Asset Inventories [Challenge 698A]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Technical Support Specialist)
  • Control Through Configuration Management [Challenge 713A]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/System Administrator)
  • Networking Woes: The Monitor We Need [Challenge 718]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Network Operations Specialist)
  • A Sense of Security [Challenge 765]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Security Analyst)
  • Backup everything in case of… Ocean? [Challenge 781]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/System Administrator)
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!
  • Malicious Mail Management [Challenge 835A]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/System Administrator)
    • Complexity Level 1 Added!

Platform

  • Deployment Engine Updated to Handle Tutorial Challenges
  • Player Terminal UI Updates
    • Removed distracting features
Official Release Version 1.5.5 3/8/2017

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Minor Configuration Updates
    • Analytics Engine Added

Challenges

  • Vulnerability Scan Complete, Begin System Hardening [Challenge 708A]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Security Analyst)
  • Strengthening System Security [Challenge 661A]
    • Updated to 2.0 and pushed live again.

Platform

  • Analytics Engine & Backend Added
Official Release Version 1.5.0 12/6/2016

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Small bug fixes to contextual VM configuration
    • VMware console interface software updated on VMs

Challenges

  • All Challenges Converted to NICE CyberSecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) 2.0
    • Addition of challenge titles & work roles
    • Removed NCWF competency mappings
    • Old mappings (NCWF 1.0) moved
  • Challenge Context Upgrade
  • An ERD Story: Implementation Then Design [Challenge 400A]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Data Administration)
  • Basic Server Maintenance and Cleaning [Challenge 456A]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Administration)
  • A Database Story: Backup then Recovery [Challenge 522]
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Network Services)
  • Slow Query, Long Report [Challenge 712]
    • Hybrid Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Data Administration)

Platform

  • Player Terminal Updates & Bug Fixes
    • Improved Boot Sequence
    • Improved Challenge Deployment Stability
    • Removed Option to “Refresh Browser”
Official (Mini) Release Version 1.1.1 6/22/2016

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Small bug fixes to some service configurations
    • New network map for all Challenges that maps more closely to the actual VM names

Challenges

  • Challenge #729
    • Bug Fixes
      • Automated Challenge checks are working again
      • Small context updates to make the goal clearer
  • Challenge #668
    • Bug Fixes
      • Small context updates to make the goal clearer
Official Release Version 1.1.0 5/16/2016

Platform

  • Challenge Info Upgrade
    • Now when you go to select challenges to deploy from the Player-Terminal you will have extra info to help you pick! This new info includes: Challenge Type (Technical or Hybrid), Available Complexity Levels, Majorly Used Operating Systems, General Difficulty, and Estimated Time Range Required to Complete Challenge
  • Various Bug Fixes to the Player-Terminal & WebPortal (Be on the lookout for a big update to the WebPortal next time!)

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Small bug fixes to some hostname configurations

Challenges

  • Challenge #464
    • Technical Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Knowledge Management) **Note: From this point forward we will mention if the new challenges are technical or hybrid in the release notes.**
Official Release Version 1.0.1 4/18/2016

Platform

  • Bug Fixes
    • Corrected challenge deployment error where if the challenge deployment failed the first time the retry button would not honor the previously selected complexity level.
Official Release Version 1.0 3/25/2016

Platform

  • Empty Inventory Issue Mitigated (Not quite fixed yet but should be seen dramatically less)
  • HTML5 VM Console Returns (Only works on Firefox)
  • Webportal Beta Release v0.5
    • Feature: Create Players
    • Feature: Create/Edit/Delete Groups
    • Feature: Create/Edit/Delete Reservations
    • Feature: Curator/Player Account Management
  • New Helpdesk & Updated Searchable FAQ
  • Updated Player’s Quickstart Guide
  • Updated Player’s Manual
  • New Versions of VMRC Available in the Webportal
  • Increased Concurrent Users Count to 70
  • Main Website Updates

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
    • Bug fixes & updates
  • Networking Services “Dog Park”
    • Bug fixes & updates

Challenges

  • Challenge #683
    • Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Administration)
  • Challenge #652
    • Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Security Analysis)
  • Challenge #736
    • Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Network Services)
    • Complexity 1 Added!
  • Challenge #452
    • Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Administration)
  • Challenge #771
    • Challenge Added! (Investigate/Digital Forensics)
  • Challenge #661
    • Challenge Added! (Operate & Maintain/Systems Security Analysis)
  • First Threat Sandbox Release – Shellshock (Available in the Operate & Maintain Environment)
  • Many updates to previous challenges (bug fixes, updates)
Beta Release 3 (0.9.0) 6/25/2015

Platform

  • New Work Order System Released! No more searching through Bugs!
  • New HTML Challenge Pages!

Challenges

  • Challenge #753
    • Challenge Added! (Investigate/Digital Forensics)
Beta Release 2 (0.8.2) 4/10/2015

Platform

  • Admin Terminal released for Professors/Testing Administrators with the distributed class/group monitoring feature.

Challenges

  • Challenge #752
    • Challenge Added! (Investigate/Digital Forensics)
  • Challenge #554
    • Added additional check for clarity.
Beta Release 2 (0.8.1) 3/9/2015

Platform

  • Challenges no longer drop the challenge guide to the Workstation-Desk virtual machine.

Challenges

  • Challenge #1081
    • Modified challenge guide for clarity.
    • Modified file attributes for continuity.
    • Added 5th management dashboard check for complexity 2.
  • Challenge #482
    • Challenge added! (Investigate/Digital Forensics)
    • Complexity 1 added!
    • Complexity 2 added!
  • Challenge #499
    • Modified challenge guide for clarity.
    • Modified trouble ticket dialog for clarity.
    • Management dashboard checks modified to be more inclusive.
  • Challenge #521
    • Fixed and modified management dashboard checks to be more robust.
  • Challenge #664
    • Complete challenge rework to be more in line with NICE task.
  • Challenge #673
    • Modified trouble ticket dialog for clarity.
    • Fixed challenge deployment issue.
  • Challenge #695
    • Management dashboard checks modified to be more inclusive.
  • Challenge #829
    • Management dashboard checks modified to be more inclusive.
    • Fixed challenge deployment issue.
  • Challenge #866
    • Modified trouble ticket dialog for clarity.
Initial Beta Release (0.8.0) 2/6/2015

Platform

  • Added Player Terminal virtual appliance to replace the Workstation-Desk virtual machine as NICE Services Hub.

Environments

  • Operate & Maintain
  • Networking Services “Dog Park”

Challenges

  • 27 Unique Challenges