Cyber as a Service

COVA CCI Cybersecurity Clinic

The COVA CCI Cybersecurity Internship Clinic provides pro bono Cybersecurity-as-a-Service to small businesses, non-profits, local government offices/agencies/boards, and other organizations using selected students from the COVA CCI partner community colleges and universities to assess the organization’s cybersecurity-preparedness and risk posture. 

The objective of this clinic is to provide cybersecurity awareness and services (education, risk management posture) to client organizations within Hampton Roads while providing an experiential learning opportunity for the students participating in the program as cybersecurity interns/consultants. Specifically, this clinic targets those client organizations that do not have a strong cyber presence and who can find value in gaining knowledge of cybersecurity through cybersecurity awareness and services. 

This is a 15-week program that will be offered during the fall and spring academic semesters. During the program, students will receive training on different cybersecurity modules which will allow them to interview client organizations during the middle portion of the program. The students will work in teams under the supervision of ODU faculty. The team will provide service to the client in one or more areas of cybersecurity network defense, cybersecurity policies and procedures, cybersecurity training for employees, cyber risk assessments, and/or cybersecurity best practices. The assessment will include cybersecurity network defense awareness, cybersecurity policies and procedures, cybersecurity training for employees, cyber risk management, and/or cybersecurity best practices.

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Cybersecurity Readiness For Small Businesses

Virginia has positioned itself as a leader in the cybersecurity industry, fostering an environment of innovation and public-private partnerships. It has various programs such as the Cybersecurity Business Development Program, helping companies enhance their cybersecurity capabilities, and the Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, which builds a skilled cybersecurity workforce. To protect data and systems, Virginia’s Information Technologies Agency maintains a directorate dedicated to security. With cyberattacks on the rise, the state is actively working to secure its technology infrastructure.

ODU’s project aims to simplify NIST control guidelines, automate cybersecurity compliance, and provide cybersecurity training. Central to the project is the Cybersecurity Compliance Challenges to Small Business (C3SB) tool, offering a cost-competitive, cloud-based project management and security compliance solution. The project leverages the expertise of the Business Development Center (BDC) at ODU, which has a strong network of small business clients and offers personalized business consulting services, workshops, and support.

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COVA CCI is supported by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and funded through the Commonwealth of Virginia.