What is the Virginia Cyber Range?¶
The Virginia Cyber Range is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative with a mission to enhance cybersecurity education for students in the Commonwealth’s public high schools, colleges, and universities. The Virginia Cyber Range seeks to increase the number of fully prepared students entering the cybersecurity workforce in operations, development, and research. The Virginia Cyber Range provides an extensive Courseware Repository for educators and a cloud-hosted Exercise Area or "Range" environment for hands-on cybersecurity labs and exercises for students.
Courseware Repository key features:¶
- Course materials are offered in modular form to allow flexible adoption of offerings.
- Indexed and searchable.
- Contains course content such as syllabi, lesson plans, presentation slides, and representative homework exercises and exams.
Exercise Area (The Range) key features:¶
- Students access range VMs through web browsers; no special software needed.
- Cloud-based approach allows fast deployment and scalability.
- Eases the burden on Virginia schools of providing infrastructure for cybersecurity labs.
- More large-scale exercises and a capture-the-flag environment are available.
- Resources are provided at no cost to Virginia public high schools, colleges, and universities.
NOTE: Access to Virginia Cyber Range resources is currently limited to faculty/students at Virginia high schools, colleges, and universities. However, the U.S. Cyber Range offers the same resources nationwide to schools and organizations that do not qualify for the Virginia Cyber Range use.
The Virginia Cyber Range was proposed by Governor McAuliffe in spring 2016 as part of his vision to boost Virginia’s cybersecurity industry through strategic educational investments. The Cyber Range is led by an executive committee representing public institutions that are nationally recognized centers of academic excellence in cybersecurity within the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Cyber Range is led by an executive committee representing public institutions that are nationally recognized centers of academic excellence in cybersecurity within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 11 colleges and universities that are designated as NSA/DHS Cybersecurity Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) or DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) are listed here:
- Danville Community College – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE 2Y
- George Mason University – NSA/DHS CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and Research (CAE-R)
- James Madison University – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE
- Lord Fairfax Community College – NSA/DHS CAE -CDE 2-Year Education (CAE-CDE 2Y)
- Longwood University – DC3 CDFAE
- Norfolk State University – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE
- Northern Virginia Community College – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE 2Y
- Radford University – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE
- Thomas Nelson Community College – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE 2Y
- Tidewater Community College – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE 2Y
- University of Virginia – NSA/DHS CAE-CDE
- Virginia Tech – NSA/DHS CAE-R
The executive committee will expand as more public Commonwealth colleges are added to the list of nationally recognized centers of academic excellence.