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Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Launches in Virginia

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative recently launched which is a network that engages institutions of higher education, industry, and government, along with non-governmental and economic development organizations to cyber-related research, education, and engagement.

The vision is to build an ecosystem of cyber-related research, education, and engagement that positions the Commonwealth as a world leader of cybersecurity.

The mission is to serve as an engine for research, innovation, and commercialization of next-generation cybersecurity technologies, and address the Commonwealth’s need for growth of advanced and professional degrees within the cyber workforce.

CCI first started out as a blueprint and developed by experts from higher education, business, and industry. Read the blueprint here: https://vt.edu/content/dam/cci-blueprint_vt_edu/docs/CCI-Blueprint%20final.pdf

CCI is appropriated with a $20M per year budget. 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 Hub is located in the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia. The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), a $25-million effort funded in the 2018-20 Virginia budget, calls on higher education institutions and industry to build an ecosystem of cyber-related research, education, and engagement.

The Network – 320 Faculty Members
21 Universities
$20M – Annual State Investment
$99M+ Sponsored Research

For more information: https://cyberinitiative.org/

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Christina Batcheler

Christina Batcheler Program Operations & Public Relations Specialist Research Partnerships & Grants Initiative, School of Business & Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University http://business.gmu.edu/partnerships-grants/ http://care.gmu.edu/ cbatchel@gmu.edu P: 703-993-3746 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 *For our latest news, please go to our blog at: https://business.gmu.edu/blog/tech/category/research/ *To receive our news via email periodically, please send your email to: cbatchel@gmu.edu. *Follow our tweets at: https://twitter.com/masoncyber *Join our Meetup Group for upcoming events at: https://www.meetup.com/Cybersecurity-Innovation-Forum/

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