Regent University will provide cybersecurity training to employee-owners of Burns & McDonnell as part of a new strategic partnership between the two organizations. Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, CEO and founder of Regent, and Jeffrey Ganthner, principal of Burns & McDonnell, made the joint announcement on Thursday, February 15.
Burns & McDonnell is a 100-percent employee-owned firm specializing in engineering, architecture, construction and consulting services. With more than 40 locations throughout the world, the 120-year-old firm is committed to providing robust cybersecurity services to its clients.
“Regent is honored to partner with Burns & McDonnell, a company that, for the last eight years, has been named as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For,” said Robertson. “We are delighted with our collaboration. We’ll provide state-of-the-art cybersecurity training for Burns & McDonnell employee-owners, while they provide a variety of mentorship opportunities for our students.”
Under the partnership, Regent University’s Institute of Cybersecurity will provide training and certification to Burns & McDonnell employee-owners, using the university’s recently launched state-of-the-art cyber range training facility. The goal of the partnership is to provide Burns & McDonnell with hands-on training and the highest level of skill needed to combat threats and protect its systems and infrastructures.
“It’s imperative that we continuously gather the latest insights on cybersecurity and that includes training. Regent is fast becoming an industry leader through its cyber training programs,” said Ganthner.
Burns & McDonnell will also use the cyber range as an independent lab for its own clients. The firm will also collaborate on research with Regent cybersecurity students and provide the university’s students and graduates with recruiting opportunities such as internships, externships, co-ops and post-graduate career placements.
“Regent’s investment in cybersecurity training adds strategic long-term value to the region and beyond,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano, executive vice president for academic affairs at Regent.
“Corporations expect universities to prepare the next generation of their cyber workforce.”
Regent’s range, industry certifications and full degree programs offer a wide array of instruction options that can be customized to meet the growing demands for evolving cyber training needs.
As one of only a few stand-alone cyber range facilities at a university, and perhaps the only one in the nation at a private university, the Regent Cyber Range offers a realistic training experience where trainees are exposed to various attack scenarios and security breaches to improve their hands-on skills, develop countermeasures and improve protocols.
For more information on Regent’s Institute of Cybersecurity, please visit: www.regent.edu/institutes/cybersecurity
Founded in 1978, Regent University has 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 128 program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, and psychology. Currently, Regent University tops the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 6,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be on Fortune’s 2018 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.