Welcome to the Institute for Cybersecurity

Regent University's Institute for Cybersecurity is an academic, training, and research center located on Regent's Virginia Beach campus. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing careers across all industry sectors with a shortfall of 1.5 million in job openings and expanding. Additionally, cyber threats have grown in sophistication and severity, requiring educational institutions to move quickly to meet skill level training and development.

To fill this, growing, urgent need, we are dedicated to training and research to prepare the next generation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals and leaders to fill those positions as technical experts and leaders who will work in government, industry, military, and academic sectors to meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology and education.

Our faculty are industry experts with real-world expertise who bring a hands-on approach to training and a forward-thinking research and development focus to meet the growing need for best-in-class professionals seeking a range of certificate and training options. Additionally, the institute will provide support for our academic security training programs.



Interested in a career in one of the fastest growing fields in the world? Choose to earn your associate, bachelor's or master's degree at Regent.

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we offer online programs in:

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber and Digital Forensics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Systems

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Featured Events

Wednesday, September 27 | 6 – 8 PM

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Meeting

Freeman Building, Room 202, Christopher Newport University

Tuesday, October 3 | 6 – 8 PM

The Hampton Roads ISSA group Meeting

Booz Allen Hamilton Building, Suite 450, 5800 Lake Wright Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502

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Institute for Cybersecurity News

Like Sputnik, Cyber Attacks Demand a New Approach to Education
Network breaches should spur a new focus on STEM — and ethics. When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, it was the space shot heard around the world. As the first artificial satellite circled the Earth, its radio pulses picked up by ground stations scattered across the globe, Western scientists recognized a technological breakthrough that threatened our national security. The United States answered with a “Space Race” that reshaped our educational system to produce scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. The growing list of major cyberattacks on this country amount to one modern-day Sputnik after another. A wide spectrum of private-sector entities, from banks and credit agencies to the entertainment industry, have faced attacks from foreign governments and intrusions from criminal enterprises. Infrastructure vital to energy, water, and communications is constantly probed by adversaries seeking asymmetric advantage;

3 keys to responding intelligently, publicly to a cyberattack
There are numerous articles and memos deal with the topic of incident response, business continuity, and crisis communication plans. Many have been distributed through media outlets even. So you may be asking: why us, why now, and what more could we possible offer in this space?

Cyber alert: EU ministers test responses in first computer war game
TALLINN (Reuters) - European Union defense ministers tested their ability to respond to a potential attack by computer hackers in their first cyber war game on Thursday, based on a simulated attack on one of the bloc’s military missions abroad.

In the simulation, hackers sabotaged the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean and launched a campaign on social media to discredit the EU operations and provoke protests.

Each of the defense ministers tried to contain the crisis over the course of the 90-minute, closed-door exercise in Tallinn that officials sought to make real by creating mock news videos giving updates on an escalating situation.

Employees continue to pose biggest cyber risk to agency
IT security provider Netwrix Corp. of Irvine, Calif. recently published its assessment of the top cyber risks in government.

The company found that the main threat comes from within.

All government entities surveyed named their own employees as the biggest cyber risk. “The main reason is bad experiences. In 2016, human errors caused security incidents in 57 percent of government entities,” the authors note.

Experts call for public debate on ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’
Dozens of business executives and technology experts in artificial intelligence and robotics have signed an open letter to the United Nations calling for public deliberation on the potential threats that could arise from “lethal autonomous weapons systems.”

The letter urges a U.N. Group of Governmental Experts “to work hard at finding means to prevent an arms race in these weapons, to protect civilians from their misuse, and to avoid the destabilizing effects of these technologies.” The U.N.’s Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons established the GGE, which Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India will chair.

AI cyberattacks are coming — but what does that mean? [Commentary]
The next major cyberattack could involve artificial intelligence systems. It could even happen soon: At a recent cybersecurity conference, 62 industry professionals, out of the 100 questioned, said they thought the first AI-enhanced cyberattack could come in the next 12 months.

This doesn’t mean robots will be marching down Main Street. Rather, artificial intelligence will make existing cyberattack efforts — things like identity theft, denial-of-service attacks and password cracking — more powerful and more efficient. This is dangerous enough — this type of hacking can steal money, cause emotional harm, and even injure or kill people. Larger attacks can cut power to hundreds of thousands of people, shut down hospitals and even affect national security.

DARPA Wants Bots To Protect Us From Cyber Adversaries
The military’s research unit is looking for ways to automate protection against cyber adversaries, preventing incidents like the WannaCry ransomware attack that took down parts of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service networks.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is gathering proposals for software that can automatically neutralize botnets, armies of compromised devices that can be used to carry out attacks, according to a new broad agency announcement.

CyberCamp Teaches High School Students Cyber Defense Skills
Regent University recently hosted its first ever Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp on campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia. High school students from area public and private schools attended the five-day event to learn about cyber ethics, online safety, cyber threats and cybersecurity principles.

Institute for Cybersecurity to Build State-of-the-Art Cyber Range on Campus
Officials with the Institute for Cybersecurity at Regent University, an academic center and training facility dedicated to equipping the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in industry, government, military and academia, announced today that Regent is building a state-of-the-art cyber range training facility.

FBI: Chinese man supplied rare malware used in OPM breach
LOS ANGELES — A Chinese man has been charged in California with distributing a type of computer malware that has been linked to attacks on U.S. businesses and to the theft of personnel records of millions of U.S. government employees, authorities said.

Defendant Yu Pingan, 36, knew the rare malware known as “Sakula” would be used to hack U.S. companies, the FBI said in court documents obtained Friday.

The malware has also been linked to hacks at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2014 and 2015, when hackers accessed massive amounts of information from security clearance forms of federal workers and contractors.

The FBI advises companies to drop Kaspersky Lab as it is filled with Russian spies
In what appears to be an ongoing dispute of espionage and cyber-warfare between the USA and Russia, the FBI has been advising that US government departments and agencies should stop using any of Kaspersky Lab's products.

The US government had followed this up by removing the company from two lists of approved vendors that government departments could use last month, but now, the FBI is meeting up with sections of the private sector in the US and advising them to also ditch Kaspersky Lab products.

Internet of Things Cybersecurity Act – An ‘A’ for effort [Commentary]
The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Act of 2017 (IoTCA) attempts to avoid repeating history. We all know that the internet is rooted in one “A” (Availability) but not in another very important “A” (Authentication).

The proposed IoTCA bill gives the problem of trustworthy authentication a good deal of attention, since solving the authentication problem (people-to-machines, software-to-hardware, data-to-processes, etc.) would be, from an internet security perspective, almost analogous to achieving world peace.

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Student Spotlight

Trevor Hayes

"As soon as I got here, I knew this was the place for me. I hope to become a pilot in the Navy, and Cybersecurity gives me a strong foundation in technical and strategic thinking."


Trevor Hayes

Current Student

College of Arts & Sciences