The Virginia Cyber Range is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative with a mission to enhance cybersecurity education in our high schools, colleges, and universities. The Cyber Range will provide an extensive courseware repository for educators and a cloud-hosted environment for hands-on cybersecurity labs and exercises for students.
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.
Example Cybersecurity Topics
- Introduction to Cybersecurity
- Secure Network Configuration
- Network Defense
- Digital and Network Forensics
- Reverse Engineering
- Incident Response
- Penetration Testing
- Security Data Analytics
- Mobile Devices and IoT
- SCADA and Industrial Control Systems
- Cyber Law and Policy
The cyber range is led by representatives from academic institutions across the Commonwealth and will support academia, government, and industry.
Initial focus is on cybersecurity education
The cyber range will allow schools to leverage each other’s course content and lab exercises, and will provide an environment to run exercises so schools don’t have to purchase their own network infrastructure.
Unlike other cyber range offerings, the Virginia Cyber Range will exist completely in the cloud and will be available to anyone in the Commonwealth with an Internet connection.
Support for physical system research
The Virginia Cyber Range will virtualize Internet of Things devices, Industry Control System (ICS) networks, and other cyber physical systems so students can experiment to understand risks and defenses of these critical systems.