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Message from the Director


I am Dr. Jonathan M. Graham  the director of Norfolk State University Information Assurance Research, Education and Development Institute (IAREDI)  NSU IAREDI is the vehicle through which Norfolk State University has been accredited and which helps to maintain our accreditation status and standing within the CAE community.  

IAREDI assures that the Program of study curricula are compliant with the National Security Agency recommendations for content and that we have sufficient qualified faculty who are active in the cybersecurity field in teaching, research, grant writing, service and outreach. Also most importantly, we have sufficient numbers of students graduating who have completed the NSA designated program of study. These students should be active in cybersecurity both in and out of the classroom.  

We at NSU are confident that we meet all requirements. We have an Office of Information Technology which is well staff and meets all state requirements for cybersecurity. We maintain a website presence where we display our personnel and activities in cybersecurity, and provide up to date cybersecurity information. We have been very fortunate to have strong institutional support reaching as high as the president of the university and the board of visitors. This support has been primarily in the area sof facilities, equipment and training.  

Initially Cybersecurity education and research existed solely in the Computer Science department. However we have been able to extend into the Sociology and Psychology departments through grant acquisition and curriculum infusion of Cybersecurity modules. We took the education initiative one step further in Psychology by creating a Master’s degree in Cyberpsychology.  

We have been very active in outreach through our summer camps for both teachers and students. We have also provided direct cybersecurity outreach into the community. We partner with numerous industry partners who provide internship opportunities for students and provide advice through participation on our advisory boards.  

We are also proud of our partnership with Tidewater Community College (TCC), which allows us to support Scholarship for Service students at TCC for one year and at NSU for two years.  

Again welcome to our page and we can be reached at:  

McDemmond Center for Applied Research (MCAR)
555 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8060
Suite 613
Phone: (757) 823-0020