The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) NoVa Node is comprised of more than 75 partners representing academic institutions of higher education, industry and government entities, economic development authorities, non-profit organizations, and P-12 school systems. These partners anchor the pipeline of future cybersecurity professionals and promote technology commercialization and entrepreneurship while preparing future generations of diverse practitioners, innovators, educators, and research leaders.
Developed through a consensus-building process, the NoVa Node strategic plan addresses the four goals of CCI. A similar consensus building process created the NoVa Node programs and from these efforts, we forged new partnerships across institutions and engaged them in forming programs. The programs support shared equipment and resources, scalable results and knowledge, and technology transfer.
The NoVa Node is poised to play an outsized role in ensuring that the Commonwealth is recognized as a global leader in trustworthy cyber physical systems and the tech innovation economy for decades to come. In addition to CCI funding, we are seeking external sponsors to support our plans and are working together to leverage ongoing activities where convergence of our efforts and resources will enable faster and wider scale of our goals.
Mason students Liz Estes, Christian Donose, and Ram Bista, are founders of Cyber Security Systems, a Volgenau-based group to develop future cyber industry leaders. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University