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Housed at NSU, the facilities of the Center include existing and planned facilities and equipment at the two member institutions that will be securely connected through the Internet. Our facilities provide an excellent infrastructure for conducting large-scale development and experiments that require multiple sites and a large amount of equipment resources.

NSU Facilities


NSU Cybersecurity Complex (new)

  • Total investment in equipment: ~$1.5M
    • With $1M from DOD HBUC/MI Program
  • Datacenter & Cybersecurity Research Lab
    • Secure: Isolated from NSU network
  • Cyberpsychology Lab
  • Offices, conferencing area, office equipment

Direct optic fiber link between NSU and ODU (new): City of Norfolk

ODU Cloud Research and Cybersecurity Research Labs (new)


COE Datacenter

  • State-of-the-art enterprise-grade equipment
  • Multi-functional & modular architecture
    • Cloud computing platforms
    • Big data platforms
    • Shared storage
    • High-performance networks
  • Substantial capacity
    • Hard disk storage: ~820 Terabytes
    • Server-grade CPU cores: ~1,700
    • Main memory: ~7.5 Terabytes
    • 10/40 Gbps LAN connectivity
  • Installation & operation by COE students and faculty in coordination with NSU IT



Digital Forensics Lab -  MCAR 502

The Digital Forensics Laboratory is equipped with Encase, FTK and P2 Commander host forensic tools as well as mobile forensic offerings from Celldek, Cellebrite and Paraben. There are several Digital Forensic workstations equipped with a variety of the latest digital forensic software, and there is a FRED Data Center currently on order. Other forensic related equipment includes Digital Forensic Ultrakits, mobile devices, and smartphones.

NDG NETLAB+ System  RTC 300, RTC 304

The NDG NETLAB+ System is used to host virtual machines and lab content on the Internet to provide web-based access to cybersecurity laboratory exercises. NSU has already published forty lab exercises on ethical hacking and Security+, and will be publishing digital forensic laboratory exercises in the near future. The IA-REDI Laboratory hosts a mini-classroom with 30 laptops equipped with a wide range of cybersecurity tools. This mini-classroom is used to teach computer hacking techniques and to practice for cybersecurity competitions.


Human Dynamics Laboratory

The Human Dynamics Laboratory is designed to study humans in simulations including the theories, techniques and tools needed to model individuals and groups along behavioral, cognitive, and socio-cultural dimensions. The M&S Interoperability Laboratory is currently investigating the impact of rising sea level on the region’s social, economical, and critical infrastructure components with a Continuously Running Simulation Environment. The Cybersecurity & Military Laboratory provides ‘sandboxed’ software and hardware to prevent leakage of any malware code/data used or developed for testing security of target systems.

Cybersecurity & Military Laboratory

Cybersecurity & Military Laboratory provides ‘sandboxed’ software and hardware to prevent leakage of any malware code/data used or developed for testing security of target systems. Equipment. No major equipment or instrumentation purchase is requested for the Center, as we will leverage the existing and already planned resources and infrastructures at the member institutions. Each member institution will support the normal and ongoing operation and maintenance of the equipment and resources using other funding sources including organizational budgets, educational and other research grants.