New Cyber Range Provides Cutting-Edge Security Training

An increase in digital technology has created a need for protection from cybercriminals throughout the U.S. As a result, BSU has installed a state-of-the-art cyber range offering a one-of-a-kind experience.

BSU was granted $2 million from federal funding through the generosity and support of Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren, and another $1.2 million from state funding to make the university’s vision come to life.“Cybersecurity is huge,” said Director of the Cyber Range Michelle Stanfield (she/her). “…It’s becoming part of individuals’ lives and institutions every day.”

David Crane (he/him), Dean of the College of Continuing Studies, added, “Cybersecurity is likely the biggest threat of the 21st century. The problem that we were looking to solve is that there is a dramatic shortage of a trained workforce. Our primary responsibility is to be educators, but we also want our students to get jobs when they graduate.” Students will earn a B.S. in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics as well as possible internship opportunities.

Planning the construction of the cyber range began over four years ago; since then, the dream has become a reality. The cyber range consists of twenty-four dual-screen workstations, a multi-window video wall, and RGB lighting and sounds that mimic security breaches through a control room.“Students are able to experience simulated attacks in a safe environment where they learn and are then able to take that with them into the workforce,” said Steve Zuromski (he/him), the vice president of IT at BSU.

This extraordinary creation was displayed for the first time on February 9th at the Cyber Range Open House where individuals could experience warning signs, vibrating desks, and intense audio, all while viewing cyber attacks in real time. During this historical event, students and faculty were able to speak with professors and professionals equipped with the knowledge to share their insights on the cyber range. The Cyber Range Open House was succeeded by a ribbon cutting and the official opening of the cyber range. BSU welcomed esteemed members from the university along with crucial government and industry partners that made the cyber range possible. President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. (he/him) shared his thoughts during a speech stating that there is nothing in comparison to BSU’s cyber range. He then went on to introduce notable individuals including Congressman Bill Keating (he/him) who said, “[The cyber range] is something that will be modeled all around the country.”

Bridgewater State University is proud to have this remarkable new program that allows students and faculty alike the chance of a lifetime in a cutting-edge environment that will change education at BSU forever.

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