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Students learn to defend from attack in the Regent University Cyber Range.

The Cyber Range at Regent University

In 2021, there was a 1,885% spike in ransomware attacks across the globe.1 The healthcare industry experienced a 775% increase in such attacks that year.1 Cyber attacks occur more often than you might think. 18 Distributed Denials-of-Service (DDoS) cyber crimes committed each minute in 2020.2

The threat is real and has pushed the need for cyber security to the forefront. Regent University has risen to meet the growing need for professionals with proven cybersecurity skills.

It offers bachelor’s and master’s cyber security programs as well as 16-week Cyber Practitioner Virtual Boot Camps that can prepare you for five certifications. A key resource is its multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art Cyber Range— accessible in programs on campus in Virginia Beach and online. The Institute for Cybersecurity with its support Cyber Range was launched in 2017 and has since provided hundreds of students with advanced practical cybersecurity training.

What is a Cyber Range?

A cyber range is a virtual environment that uses actual network equipment that budding cyber security professionals can use to practice for real-life scenarios.3 Cyber ranges simulate attacks so that cyber security professionals can learn how to detect and respond to threats.

Cyber ranges also ready students to act as a team to overcome threats. In most professional circumstances, by sharpening individual skills, students will be able to bring their best work to team efforts against hacking threats.

Regent’s Cyber Range has live fire exercises that use hyper-realistic and real-world scenarios to train students for most threats. There are also hands-on labs, skill assessments, and courses available to cyber security students who use the Cyber Range.

The Cyber Range as a Resource for Students

Regent University offers access to the Cyber Range to its students as well as cyber boot camp participants. And there are no geographical limitations – it is available to students on campus in Virginia Beach as well as online. This gives our students the edge they need to stand out in a crowd. They can enter the workforce or advance their careers with practical, hands-on training gained on the Cyber Range.

Regent was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bachelor’s program was also ranked among the Top 15 Best Online Cybersecurity Degree Programs by Intelligent, 2022.

Cyber security professionals are highly sought after, especially with the growth of online platforms for commerce and information sharing. Occupations like network and computer systems administrators, database administrators and architects, and information security analysts are profitable and desirable careers. How large is this workforce? Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million cyber security jobs in 2025.4

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Cyber Range Access for Boot Camp Participants

Regent University’s cyber security boot camps are short-term non-degree training sessions designed to enhance knowledge and practical skills. With access to our multimillion-dollar Cyber Range at Regent’s Institute for Cybersecurity, you’ll gain the practice you need to be exam-ready, industry certified, and competitive in your career.

In just 16 weeks—only one semester— the Cyber Practitioner Virtual Boot Camp will prepare for these five certifications:

  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CompTIA CySA+

Regent University’s Certified Cyber Practitioner (CCP) certificate is also available for students who complete a culminating activity that demonstrates their knowledge and skills.

This boot camp is available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. No prior knowledge or experience is required.


Students take a class in the Cyber Range at Regent University.
Multi-Million Dollar Cyber Range
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Accessible On-Campus and Online
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Equips with advanced cybersecurity training

Top Military Friendly School

Regent University is near Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. We’re committed to serving you with the same integrity you’ve demonstrated as a faithful defender of our nation. The university has been ranked as a Top 10 Military Friendly School by Military Friendly, 2021-22. It was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges for veterans by the Military Times in 2020. Whether you’re active duty, Reserve, National Guard, veteran, or family, you will enjoy distinct military benefits at an exceptional Christian university.

Regent University is near Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. We’re committed to serving you with the same integrity you’ve demonstrated as a faithful defender of our nation. The university has been ranked as a Top 10 Military Friendly School by Military Friendly, 2021-22. It was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges for veterans by the Military Times in 2020. Whether you’re on active duty, Reserve, National Guard, veteran, or family, you will enjoy distinct military benefits at an exceptional Christian university.

We offer a generous transfer credit policy so you can transfer up to 75% of a bachelor’s degree or 50% of a graduate degree.

A top-tier military-friendly university in Virginia Beach with a state-of-the-art Cyber Range makes Regent a great choice for military students keen on a degree or on advancing their professional skills through a boot camp. Come, experience the Regent difference.


References:

  1. Taylor, A. (2022). There’s a huge surge in hackers holding data for ransom, and experts want everyone to take these steps. Fortune.
  2. Brooke, C. (2021). MORE Alarming Cybersecurity Stats For 2021! Forbes.
  3. Cyber Ranges. NICE National Institute for Cybersecurity Education.
  4. Morgan, S. (2021). Cybersecurity Jobs Report: 3.5 Million Openings In 2025. Cybercrime Magazine.