Cyber Security is one of the nation and Commonwealth’s top priorities. In order for Virginia to continue leading in this rapidly evolving space, we need to develop a sustainable talent pipeline capable of providing skilled, industry ready workers to meet this increasing demand. Cyber Fusion is the organized integration of data and tools from disparate sources in support for secure and resilient system lifecycle.
The Commonwealth’s Secretary of Technology is proud to sponsor with Senator Mark Warner this inaugural event that combines a collegiate cyber competition with learning and career opportunities that emphasize Cyber Fusion. Virginia Military Institute is the host for the Commonwealth Cyber Fusion.
Cyber Fusion can be defined as the organized integration of data and tools from disparate sources in support for secure and resilient system lifecycle.
This inaugural Virginia collegiate cyber competition combines a “Jeopardy” style team cybersecurity competition utilizing the Virginia Cyber Range. The invitation-only event includes a cyber job fair, keynote speaker, and panel discussions. Hosted by Virginia Military Institute and sponsored by the Virginia Secretary of Technology and Senator Mark Warner, the Commonwealth Cyber Fusion emphasizes the integration of technology with policy and intelligence.
Ten colleges have been invited to compete in this inaugural event. Each invited college will bring one team of up to six students, plus another five selected student observers. The winning team will receive the Virginia Cyber Cup, a perpetual trophy. All the invited students will have the opportunity to learn from expert speakers as well as explore career and internship opportunities during the job fair with the sponsoring business organizations.
The Virginia Cyber Range is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative with a mission to enhance cybersecurity education in our high schools, community colleges, and universities. The range will provide an extensive courseware repository for educators and a cloud-hosted virtual environment where students will practice what they have learned in immersive, hands-on laboratory exercises to complement their cybersecurity courses. The Cyber Range will largely operate as a virtual center. Offerings will be crafted and hosted in the “cloud,” where they can be accessed by participating schools and agencies. This approach will allow for easy customization, scalability, and responsiveness, while minimizing costs.
The Virginia Cyber Range brings together faculty from George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Tech, and Radford University, as well as faculty from Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Tidewater Community College. Virginia Tech’s IT Security Office is coordinating the development and use of the range platform.
In the Virginia Cyber Cup Capture the Flag, competing teams will tackle problems in scenarios designed to model real-world computer security challenges across a range of categories that includes cryptography, network traffic analysis, reverse engineering, steganography, and more.
This competition is hosted by the Virginia Cyber Range.