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NSU Facilities

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.

COE Datacenter
The COE Datacenter features cutting-edge equipment for versatile applications like cloud computing and big data analytics. With substantial capacity and high-speed connectivity, it ensures efficient data processing. Notably, COE students and faculty, in collaboration with NSU IT, oversee its installation and operation, fostering hands-on learning experiences and driving innovation in technology.

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.

Direct optic fiber link between NSU and ODU City of Norfolk
The direct optic fiber link between Norfolk State University (NSU) and Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk enhances regional connectivity and collaboration. This high-speed connection facilitates research partnerships, academic exchanges, and information sharing between the institutions, fostering innovation and technological advancement within the community.

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.

NSU Cybersecurity Complex
The NSU Cybersecurity Complex, with an investment of approximately $1.5 million, boasts cutting-edge equipment, including a Datacenter and Cybersecurity Research Lab. Supported by $1 million from the Department of Defense HBUC/MI Program, the facility fosters innovative research and development in cybersecurity. Isolated from the NSU network for security, it also houses a Cyberpsychology Lab. The complex provides offices, conferencing space, and necessary equipment to support faculty and staff collaboration.

ODU Cloud Research and Cybersecurity Research Labs
The ODU Cloud Research and Cybersecurity Research Labs at Old Dominion University are hubs of innovation, fostering cutting-edge research in cloud computing and cybersecurity. Staffed by experts and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, these labs provide a dynamic environment for collaborative inquiry and practical solutions to contemporary challenges in these fields.


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.

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.