When evangelical leader Pat Robertson recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump, an elephant in the room was noticeably missing: any mention of Russian hacking. The topic wasn’t addressed directly by Robertson, who has been no fan of the Cold War country, except when he asked if President Vladimir Putin could be trusted.
But if a repeat cyber attack is attempted during the 2020 election, some of Robertson’s Regent University students could be on the front lines of defense.
The Virginia Beach university recently announced it’s adding a hands-on “cyber range” developed by Cyberbit Ltd. to the school’s Institute for Cybersecurity, where students can train for how to respond to attacks. The range is expected to be ready by the end of this year.
Regent joins other universities and colleges in Virginia offering cyber attack training. The Virginia Cyber Range includes several public institutions sharing scenarios including Norfolk State University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Virginia Tech and Radford University, as well as faculty from Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Virginia Community College and Tidewater Community College. Old Dominion University in Norfolk has a virtual machine platform for cyber security training that students can access remotely.