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With the goal of strengthening its security-related business, Tokyo’s Allied Telesis K.K. has partnered exclusively with Norwich University to launch a new slate of cybersecurity education and training courses, as well as enhanced vulnerability diagnosis and countermeasure services.

As the nature of cyber-attacks becomes increasingly complex, it is essential to develop ironclad countermeasures that ensure the integrity of data systems and provide peace of mind to consumers; for this reason, the Japanese government has made cybersecurity a top priority. In 2017, the government’s cybersecurity strategy division identified a number of key points of focus, including but not limited to: the promotion of safe cybersecurity practices at all levels of an organization; Internet of Things (IoT) systems security; educational initiatives designed to nurture new cybersecurity professionals; and international cooperation in cyber defense strategy.

As a world leader in providing Secure Enterprise SDN (SES) solutions, Allied Telesis is pleased to partner with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) to provide cutting-edge training and education services that address cybersecurity competency relative to each level of an organization.

Courses and training exercises that address cybersecurity countermeasures are conducted using the DECIDE Platform, a web conference tool developed by NUARI and facilitated by Norwich University’s College of Continuing and Graduate Studies (CGCS) online programs. DECIDE simulates a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios and presents them via a dynamic online environment, giving users hands-on experience in honing their real-time decision-making skills, as well as bolstering their ability to address threats promptly and thoroughly. More than 15 industry-specific scenarios are available within the platform and have been utilized by participants ranging from members of U.S. government organizations, to the finance industry and private companies.

Philip T. Susmann, President of NUARI stated, “I am beyond thrilled for this exclusive partnership as the efforts and initiatives are extremely complementary of each other, and Allied Telesis is truly a leader in their industry.”

In addition to the DECIDE Platform, Allied Telesis offers exercises via the CSX Training Platform, developed by ISACA. This training program utilizes the latest cloud technology to construct a virtual laboratory in which participants can develop their skills in digital forensics.

As a result of the partnership with NUARI, Allied Telesis announced the establishment of Allied Telesis Cybersecurity Laboratory, a state-of-the-art penetration testing module that encompasses a number of valuable functions. As of the first quarter of 2018, users may conduct research and development, perform assessments to diagnose vulnerabilities in client networks and extrapolate that data to consider the possibility of a security incident and its consequences, and recommend appropriate countermeasures for implementation. Used in tandem with these vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services, Allied Telesis’s SES solutions are applicable to security products in Japan and around the world. Devices confirmed or suspected to be infected can be quarantined using Allied Telesis’s switch products, preventing the further spread of viruses.

Allied Telesis launched all courses in conjunction with the CSX Training Platform on January 18, 2018; the vulnerability diagnosis and countermeasure services, as well as all courses provided through NUARI’s DECIDE Platform, will launch in the second quarter of 2018. For more information, please visit and for further inquiries, please contact Allied Telesis Academy at 03-5437-6066 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Allied Telesis and Norwich University will continue their work together at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 7-9, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Editor’s note: Pictured above l to r: John Kunelius, Assoc. VP, CGCS; Takayoshi Oshima, Chairman & CEO, Allied Telesis, Inc.; NUARI President Phil T. Susmann.

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About Allied Telesis, Inc.

With a portfolio of products and technologies providing end-to-end networking solutions for enterprise, government, education and critical infrastructure customers, Allied Telesis is the smarter choice. We are committed to providing our customers with solutions designed and built to the highest standards and quality. Our manufacturing conforms to ISO 9001 standards and all of our facilities adhere to the strict ISO 14001 standard to ensure a healthier planet.

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Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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