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 for holding cybersecurity conferences, symposiums, and an ongoing series of cybersecurity roundtables.​ ​​​​There are numerous key cybersecurity resources throughout our community and region that are leading the way in Virginia.

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2021 Fast Facts​​ (Region)

  • 1,300 annual graduates in computer and information sciences, Source: Hampton Roads Alliance
  • 7,181 (estimate) workers employed in cybersecurity-related jobs (0.8% of national total and 12.2% of Commonwealth), Source: Cyberseek
  • 28,000 workers in “high-tech” occupations, Source: Hampton Roads Alliance

Virginia Beach recognizes 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. ​​


NEW: Old Dominion University Institute of Data Science Opening

In late 2023, Old Dominion University (ODU) opened the Virginia Beach Institute of Data in Town Center’s Armada Hoffler Tower. The Institute will contain research labs, innovation space, and training areas simulating cybersecurity incidents. VBED worked closely with ODU to secure the Institute in the City, and its presence will assist the department with recruitment and retention of industry-related investment and employment opportunities.

Old Dominion School of Cybersecurity

The School of Cybersecurity's mission is to promote cybersecurity research and education in an interdisciplinary setting.

  • 30-hour cybersecurity virtual fundamental course
  • Certifications include LPI Linux Essentials, AWS Cloud, Network+, Network Defender, Security+, SOC Analyst, Ethical Hacker, and Systems Security
  • Proprietary CyWar real-world challenge environment
  • Offers job placement services
Coastal Virginia Center for Cyber Innovation (COVA CCI)

A primary objective of COVA CCI is to bring together researchers from multiple institutions to collaborate on areas of cybersecurity research critical to tomorrow's economy and information security. COVA CCI, led by Old Dominion University, is one of four nodes of the larger state-funded Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). The other nodes are Northern Virginia (George Mason University), Central Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Southwest Virginia (Virginia Tech).

​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. ​

  • Offers Bachelor of Science degree
  • Ranked #1 for best Virginia online bachelor’s degree programs by US News and World Report, 2020
  • Ranked in the Top 20 best cybersecurity programs by Intelligent 2020
  • Career opportunities include computer systems analysts, network and systems engineers, information security analysts, digital forensic analysts, cyber risk management, network application supervision, and intelligence investigation
​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). ​

  • Offers an undergraduate and graduate degree in cybersecurity
  • Areas of study include cloud computing, big data analytics, digital forensics, wireless security, cyber-psychology, and socio-cybersecurity​
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.

  • Offers an information technology associate degree and a certificate in cybersecurity
  • The cybersecurity curriculum aligns with the National Institute for Standards and Technology
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.

  • Offers an associate degree, accelerated bachelor’s degree, and graduate degree in computer science with a cybersecurity major
  • Curriculum includes administration, management, and troubleshooting within mixed and multi-user environments, protective measures to safeguard data, vulnerability analyses, penetration testing, network defense, and security policies and procedures

Numerous cybersecurity, IT, software development companies, are located in our region:

​Major Cybersecurity Firms

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

Source: Virginia Beach Economic Development, 2023