The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), funded by the Virginia General Assembly, created a Commonwealth-wide ecosystem of innovation in cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems (CPS) security. CCI will ensure Virginia is recognized as a global leader in secure CPS and in the digital economy more broadly for decades to come by supporting world-class research at the intersection of data, autonomy, and security; promoting technology commercialization and entrepreneurship; and preparing future generations of innovators and research leaders. CCI will build on Virginia’s strong base of research excellence, its innovative and diverse higher education system, vibrant ecosystem of venture capital investment and high-growth firms, and unparalleled density of cybersecurity talent.
The CCI ecosystem is defined by four regional Nodes covering the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, and a Hub in Northern Virginia. George Mason University leads the CCI Northern Virginia Node (NoVa Node) region. Partners in the CCI NoVa Node include institutions of higher education, corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, P-12 schools, economic development organizations, and accelerators from 19 counties and are committed to working together to achieve the goals of the CCI. To read more about the CCI, please read the CCI Blueprint.CCI Blueprint
The Community, Military, and Federal Facility Partnership of Northern Virginia’s Cyber Training & Roadmap is the result of an academic alliance formed in May 2017 focused on addressing cyber talent shortfalls in the region necessary to address increasing operational and organizational risks. Initial priorities and associated strategies in the Roadmap were identified during a Cyber Training & Education Conference held on June 26, 2018, at George Mason University (Mason). The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), Mason and Booz Allen Hamilton planned the event that included over 300 stakeholders from colleges and universities in the region, the nine public school districts, the private sector, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Veterans organizations, military installations, federal agencies, and cities and counties in Northern Virginia. The Cyber Training and Education Roadmap (the Roadmap) provides a framework of priorities and associated strategies to coordinate efforts in the Northern Virginia region to prepare, grow, and sustain a cybersecurity workforce that safeguards and promotes our region’s security and economic prosperity. The Roadmap serves as the foundation for the strategic plan for workforce development in the the CCI NoVa Node.
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s Community, Military and Federal Facility Partnership and Fort Belvoir were recognized at the Pentagon in early December as winners of one of the United States Army’s 2019 Community Partnership Award. From left to right: The Honorable Alex A. Beehler Assistant Secretary of the United States Army, Installations, Energy and Environment ; Col Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison; CSM Young, Fort Belvoir Garrison; Robert E. Lazaro, Jr, NVRC Executive Director; Dr. Liza Wilson Durant, George Mason University; Melanie Stover, Northern Virginia Community College; Will Rowe, JR., Booz Allen Hamilton; Peggy Tadej, Director of Community and Military Partnerships for NVRC; and Lieutenant General Jason T. Evans, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9 (Installations).
Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Crossroads Innovation Group
IAI, LLC. & DGS, LLC (Centauri)
SP Global, Inc.
Alchemy Management Partners
Alexandria City Public Schools
Arlington Community Foundation
Arlington Economic Development
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)
Arlington Public Schools
Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Arlington
Children’s Science Center
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Culpeper County Schools
Cyber Education and Training Roadmap
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Fairfax County Public Schools
Fauquier County Schools
Frederick County Public Schools
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance
Girls Computing League
Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc.
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
Loudoun County Schools
Northern Virginia Community, Military, and Federal Facility Partnership
Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Northern Virginia Technology Council
Nova Chamber of Commerce
Prince William County Public Schools
Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors
Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition
Spotsylvania County Schools
Stafford County Schools
US Army Ft Belvoir
Va Dept. of Veterans Services (Veterans Education Transition an Employment and Virginia State Approving Agency)
Virginia MicroEletronics Consortium (VMEC)
Warren County Public Schools
Winchester City Public Schools
Women In Tech
Women's Society of Cyberjutsu