The Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center is a specialized facility for training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The lab provides an immersive environment with industry-standard tools, hands-on cyberwarfare exercises, and dedicated systems for cybersecurity education and research. Students engage in real-world offense and defense scenarios and simulations in a virtual environment to learn common types of attacks, proactive cyber defense strategies, principles of risk management, and incident response practices. The cyber range allows students to directly engage in exercises and learn first-hand how to prevent, respond to, and mitigate threats and cyber attacks from viruses, worms, rootkits, ransomware, and other malware.
The Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center consists of an advanced computer laboratory and datacenter. Hofstra University has partnered with industry leaders, including Rapid7, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and VMware, to bring professional tools and technologies to the ‘war room’ lab environment. The Cybersecurity War Room features 36 high-end workstations, 5 large wall-mount displays, Cisco networking hardware, servers, and IoT devices. The adjacent mini datacenter houses the lab’s infrastructure with an isolated network and dedicated internet connection. To engage in exercises and training scenarios, students are given remote access to the cyber range platform and the lab’s virtual environment hosted in the datacenter.
- Circadence Project Ares – a fully immersive, game-ified, AI-powered cybersecurity learning platform
- Metasploit Pro – professional penetration testing software, made available to Hofstra students through Hofstra University’s partnership with Rapid7
- On-premise virtualization environment – a virtual environment built on VMware vSphere
- Cyber Range environment – a virtual cyber range environment powered by Silensec
- Cisco networking hardware – routers, switches, and firewalls
- Cellebrite UFED Touch2 – software used by law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies to protect, extract and maintain the integrity of data on a mobile device.
- CryptTool2 – e-learning cryptology software that detects items that are not strictly malicious but pose some sort of risk to the user.
- Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, smart speakers, and drones
The following courses are offered in or utilize the Cybersecurity lab:
- CSC 015S - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
- CSC 115/215 - Ethical Hacking
- CSC 007, 143V/291E - Cybersecurity for Everyone
- CSC 175/284 - Networking & Distributed Processing
CSC 188/288 - Network Security
- IT 124/224 - Information & Network Security, Protection/Prevention Strategies
- IT 132/226 - Digital Forensics
- IT 120/220 - Business Computer Networks, Data Communication
- IT 128/228 - IT Security and Risk Management, Crisis Management