One of the fastest-growing fields in technology is getting plenty of interest in Virginia Beach. ​​

Cyber-Workforce Readiness Design Thinking Working Session​​: December 10

On behalf of Virginia Beach Economic Development, we invite you to join us on December 10th for a Cyber-Workforce Readiness Design Thinking Working Session.

Join national business and industry leaders in creating a Regional Cyber Workforce Readiness Program aimed to train and employ our community and to meet the needs of emerging opportunities in Hampton Roads. ​


To bring key stakeholders together through a collaborative leadership approach in which we will be:

  • Creating a cyber readiness workforce development framework that can stimulate both individual and corporate business growth
  • Defining regional needs and assets
  • Identifying Key Partnerships that can help create a sustainable and scalable cyber workforce development ecosystem that can extend outcomes from our meeting across both Virginia and the Nation.


Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

City of Virginia Beach/Regional Conference Room

4801 Columbus Street, Suite 200

Light snacks, lunch, and refreshments will be provided

NOTE: We have reached the capacity for the workshop and the registration is closed.

Virginia Beach recognize that effective cybersecurity protection requires a strong partnership between the public and private sectors who together must prioritize cybersecurity policies and initiatives that enable better defense against cyber threats.  ​​Virginia Beach has been a leader in bringing together cybersecurity experts throughout the business community, region and state since 2012.  We have been instrumental in being a beacon holding cybersecurity conferences, symposiums and an ongoing series of cybersecurity roundtables.​

Fast Facts​​

  • Over 7,000 workers employed in cybersecurity-related jobs (more than twice the concentration of cybersecurity workers than the national average)
  • 46,200 workers in “high-tech” occupations (5.4% of regional workforce)​

​​​​There are numerous key cybersecurity resources throughout our community and region that are leading the way in Virginia. 


​Regent University Institute for Cybersecurity

Established in 2016, Regent’s Institute for Cybersecurity is the largest non-profit, university-managed cybersecurity training and education provider in the nation.  Located in Virginia Beach, the Institute for Cybersecurity is disrupting and transforming the cyber defense industry with world-class training featuring a state-of-the-art cyber simulation platform.  ​

Virginia Cyber Alliance ​

The Virginia Cyber Alliance was established in 2018, as a partnership of industry, government, and academic institutions working to expand our region's influence in cybersecurity, data analytics, and unmanned autonomous systems (UAS). It supports economic growth through technology assistance, internships, salary subsidies and outreach. 

​Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education​

The Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education​, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance (HRCyber) is a collaborative partnership between educational institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private employers focused on developing educational pathways from high school, through community college, to four year institutions, and continual professional development, that provides a capable and fully cybersecurity workforce for our region. 

Norfolk State University​

Norfolk State University has created a collaborative effort with Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) - Old Dominion University (ODU) to establish and operate a Center of Excellence in Cyber Security (COE-CS) with an emphasis in Cyber Modeling, Simulation, Analysis, and Experimentation (CMSA&E). ​

​​Norfolk State University’s graduate cybersecurity degree recently won the award of “50 Best Schools of 2018: Online Master’s Degrees in Cybersecurity,” distinguishing it from hundreds across the nation.  ​

Tidewater Community College​

The Cybercenter at Tidewater Community College is intended to disseminate cyberdefense information into the local, regional, and national cyberdefense community of interest. This includes information on cyberdefense resources, career opportunities, conferences, programs of study, scholarships, partner organizations, faculty contacts, student activities, and certifications as well as a Cybersecurity blog intended to push out updates and news on emerging threats.  

ECPI University Cybersecurity Center

The ECPI University Cybersecurity Center for Innovation is designed to serve the cyber community throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and help build a next generation cybersecurity workforce to solve cybersecurity problems with innovative solutions. The Center's purpose is to close the gap between education and the workplace by cultivating strategic partnerships with other schools, cyber centers, industry, and government.

​Major Cybersecurity Firms

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CPT Command Post Technology
  • Klett Consulting Group
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Prevailance
  • Sera Brynn
  • SimIS
  • Valkyrie Enterprises
  • WR Systems
  • ZelTech​

 ​Cybersecurity Business Roundtable

During 2019, the Virginia Beach Economic Development , in partnership with our cyber community, will continue to provide an interactive setting for the local and regional cybersecurity community to discuss their resources, talents, and needs, among other like-minded entities. There will also be opportunities to interact with key subject matter experts and  peers during these events. 

  • ​​ March 28, 2019 Cybersecurity Roundtable - Copies of the presentations are posted on the Virginia Cyber Alliance website​

For more information, contact Ray White, Business Development  Coordinator​, Virginia Beach Economic Development at (757) 385-6459.