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The objectives of the ODU School of Cybersecurity are to:

  • Promote awareness about cybersecurity, cyber forensics, cyber crime, and cyber operations using an interdisciplinary lens;
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary academic programming related to cybersecurity;
  • Expand and enhance the cybersecurity workforce through focused education programs for a diverse group of learners;
  • Facilitate a collaborative approach for responding to cybersecurity issues;
  • Facilitate collaboration with industry, business and military partners on research targeting resilience and infrastructure;
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for cybersecurity academic programming, research, and training;
  • Facilitate the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from across the university to address real-world problems through innovative and cutting edge research.

Message from the Director

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I would like to welcome you to the School of Cybersecurity at the Old Dominion University (ODU).

Cyberattacks have become more common, sophisticated, and harmful. No organization or individual with an online presence is immune to cyberattacks, and the impact of such attacks can be devastating. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment in information security analysts will grow by 31% between 2019 and 2029. That's nearly three times as fast as the average computer and information technology occupations, and more than eight times as fast as American industry jobs in general.

The School of Cybersecurity is housed under the Office of Academic Affairs, aiming to weave together disparate threads of programmatic and facility resources at the University to create a strong education and research program focusing on cybersecurity. The main missions of the School, scholarship, discovery, education and community services, occur in an interdisciplinary setting characterized by cultural and ethnic diversity. Propelled by the belief that no single academic unit or discipline can address cybersecurity on their own, the School has led an cross-disciplinary effort bringing together faculty, staff, degree programs, certificates, and research initiatives from four colleges, eight academic departments, ODU's Office of Research, Office of Information Technology Services, Distance Learning, and School of Continuing Education.

The School of Cybersecurity strives for offering cutting-edge educational experiences to students and professionals in the field of cybersecurity, developing high-impact, cross-disciplinary research initiatives that center on cybersecurity, and being a source of cybersecurity expertise to the community, the Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

Since its inception, the ODU's cybersecurity program has experienced exciting growth. The National Security Agency has designated ODU a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). The CAE-CO program is an extremely exclusive group of only 21 universities in the nation, aiming to support the President's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Two new degrees (BS and MS in Cybersecurity) have been developed and approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The enrollment has grown from its initial cohort of 11 students to over 800 students currently in cybersecurity majors. At the same time, about 150 students choose cybersecurity as their minor. A diversity of research projects have been developed by and housed in the School of Cybersecurity with a total of over $6 million active research funding. The projects are funded by highly competitive grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Security Agency (NSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the State of Virginia and private sectors. The School faculty are productive in publication and scholarly activities. They are well recognized in their research communities with such honors as best paper awards and society fellows.

The School of Cybersecurity also takes great pride in providing unparalleled, comprehensive and innovative outreach and community services. The school's faculty has led various outreach activities, including summer cybersecurity camps, middle school and high school visits, and cybersecurity competitions, to attract young talent to study cybersecurity. Over 1,000 middle and high school students have visited ODU for summer camps, competitions or campus tours.

We invite you to learn more about our outstanding programs in the School of Cybersecurity. Please visit our school website and campus and join the ODU CYBER community!

Best regards,
Hongyi Wu, Batten Chair Professor & IEEE Fellow
Director, School of Cybersecurity
Old Dominion University