CSS SPEAR cloud can be roughly divided into three classes of service:
Supports stable environments which can be reliably used for classroom or other work with relatively unchanging needs for resources. The environment requires that systems and software be vetted prior to introduction and allows limited role-based administrative control, backed by change control policies and security controls.
Supports experimental or unproven environments which may have unforeseen impacts on the laboratory environment. The laboratory is a place where new software or systems can be vetted before deployment to production, as well as supporting internally developed research systems and networks.
Supports active investigation and examination of known malware, as well as attack “honeypot” activities. This is the ONLY part of the infrastructure where potentially dangerous software is allowed, and attacks are actively invited. This zone includes participation from extensive local resources of the Honeypot Project.