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Cybersecurity has enormous implications for economic development in Nevada, including industries such as banking, healthcare, data centers, and online gaming, all of which are increasingly important components of Nevada's economy. Cybersecurity also has important implications for our power grid as well as for the large and growing military presence in Nevada.

Cybersecurity is not only a technical challenge. In response to this complex problem, the Cybersecurity Center  brings together expertise from a range of disciplines including political science, information studies, journalism, criminal justice, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, military science, and computer science and engineering.

Preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts requires education and career development experiences in highly multidisciplinary research settings that are integrated with a curriculum that transcends the structures of the standard academic curriculum. The Center not only provides cutting-edge applied research on cybersecurity but will also provide educational resources for the state. As an immediate goal, the center will develop an undergraduate minor and a cross-disciplinary graduate certificate in cybersecurity. The students from these programs will contribute substantially to our workforce, and their availability will make Nevada a much more attractive destination for a broad range of industries.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to master the challenge of cybersecurity by bringing together cross-disciplinary teams to work in synchrony, examining each problem through disciplinary lenses and seeking solutions that incorporate societal, technical, ethical, political and economic considerations.

The Cybersecurity Center will provide educational and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students that will prepare them to pursue careers in cybersecurity and related fields.

Industry Partners

The Cybersecurity Center is pleased to partner with a wide range of public and private organizations. The following agencies offer resources, training and solutions for cybersecurity challenges:

  • BlackRidge Technology
  • Cyber Security Group
  • Dara Security
  • GE Oil and Gas
  • Ghost Systems, LLC
  • LeapForward Gaming
  • National Guard
  • National Security Forum
  • Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center
  • Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
  • NV Energy
  • Root Technology
  • State of Nevada Enterprise IT Services
  • State of Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Symantec
  • Taasera
  • Vere Software
  • Washoe County IT Services

News Coverage

Students in classroom being taught how to code

Bridging the gender gap in STEAM

Microsoft hopes to encourage young women at DigiGirlz camp

Dr. Shamik Sengupta

Privacy preserved data sharing leads to a proactive approach to cyber threats

University cybersecurity grant works to better safeguard the cyber landscape

Cyber clinic at the Governor's Mansion

Cyber medics lend a hygienic hand with the Nevada Cyber Club

The Nevada Cyber Club has taken a "public health" approach to spreading the word about cybersecurity

Dr. Shamik Sengupta

Cybersecurity initiative trains Northern Nevada teachers

Shamik Sengupta and David Feil-Seifer work together to bring STEM lab research to teachers and their classrooms

Arslan Munir with a prototyping board

Could your car be hacked? Smart cars pose cybersecurity concerns

University of Nevada, Reno’s Cybersecurity Center develops faster, safer systems for autos, trucks, UAVs and buses

Students listening to lecture in a classroom

University adds 16 new academic programs

New programs range from a minor in geography geotechnologies to graduate certificates in nuclear packaging

cybersecurity education for teachers

Amping up cybersecurity, computing training for Nevada teachers

12/3/2015 • Mike Wolterbeek
Nevada middle and high school teachers can apply to Cybersecurity Center for summer program to enhance classroom offerings

Ming Li

New professor brings expertise in wireless networking to cyber security research

3/6/2015 • Kirstin Swagman
Ming Li is one of a group of new faculty hired to contribute to the University's Cyber Security Center

New Cyber Security Center to develop education, research, industry collaboration

1/13/2014 • Mike Wolterbeek
The new Cyber Security Center will support economic development through education, research and outreach to industry by addressing the growing national challenge of cyber security.