Automated Deletion of Unused Exercise Environments 
We have noted in the past that some provisioned exercise environments sit unused for weeks or months, and we have encouraged instructors to delete those unused environments from their courses. Current budget constraints related to the ongoing pandemic make it especially important for the Virginia Cyber Range to conserve resources so that we can continue to provide our service at no cost to Virginia educators. We appreciate your continued careful management of cyber range resources.

To reduce the burden on instructors to delete unused environments, starting November 5th we will automatically delete provisioned student virtual machines that have not been used for more than 30 days. If you have any questions about this new automated process, please contact us at
One new module is now available for the Cyber Security Advanced Ethical Hacking course. 
  • Natas - This module covers several web application security vulnerabilities in depth with a focus on using Python and the Sublime Text editor to exploit vulnerabilities. Using the OverTheWire website “Natas,” students will complete challenges in a progressive capture the flag game. Some knowledge of Python will be beneficial; however, it is not required to complete the labs.

Congratulations to our newest Executive Committee member, Mountain Empire Community College. They have recently been accredited jointly by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Mountain Empire Community College offers a 10-course Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate that can be taken on its own or paired with the college’s Computer Networking and Computer Software Specialist degrees. Those interested in learning more about the program can visit MECC’s Cybersecurity Center at

Teach Cyber is a non-profit dedicated to developing, supporting, and stewarding excellent cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Their mission is to provide resources, training, and support to secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity.

Teach Cyber has created a year-long, 8 unit course that is modular so it can be adapted to a semester, 9 weeks, or for integration into existing CS/IT courses. 

The first 3 units of the course are now available on the website: Units 4-5 will be released in November and 6-8 in December. The materials are creative commons licenses for teachers' use, adaptation, and dissemination.
Can You Find Your Way Through the Harvest of Online Puzzles and Missions?

U.S. Cyber Range of Virginia Tech's Hacker Harvest Capture the Flag (CTF) competition challenges participants to solve cyber-related problems. The Jeopardy-style CTF is open until October 29th at 5pm EST as part of Katzcy's Cyber Carnival. You don’t have to be a cybersecurity pro to play the game!

Introductory challenges will help inexperienced players learn the basics, and more advanced players can hone their skills by focusing on the hardest of challenges. CTF categories include cryptography, networking, web applications, reconnaissance, and more!

To check out Hacker Harvest and other Cyber Carnival games, visit Katzcy's website: 

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) will host a seminar on Security, Privacy, and Safety in IoT on October 29 from 11am-12pm EST. The seminar speaker is Dr. Elisa Bertino, Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science and Director, Cyber2SLab, Purdue University. To register for this free webinar, visit

Come and see some of the most cutting edge cyber attacks, and how to protect your systems and infrastructure from real world black hat attacks! Cybersecurity experts from the Roanoke - Blacksburg Technology Council CyberSecurity Forum and the Roanoke InfoSec Exchange security group are coming together for a 1.5hr "Favorite Pentest" hack & defense show-n-tell demo on October 29th from 3-5pm. Registration is required with a $5 fee –  please follow this link to register at the RBTC page.
The Preliminary Round of Radford University's RUSecure Capture the Flag event is ongoing now until noon on Friday, November 13th. This cybersecurity CTF contest will provide an opportunity for student teams to test their skills against the best and brightest in Virginia and around the United States. Students will work on challenges including Linux, Reconnaissance, Cryptography, Hashing, and Web Exploitation with the support of educational materials.

Teams must be made up of currently enrolled high school, home school, or community college students. Teams will consist of between 3 and 5 students, and a faculty or staff coach. To register a team, visit

This year's NICE Conference and Expo will be presented as a virtual NICE Conference Series. The four-week virtual conference series will bring together thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations to explore issues in cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Registration is open. The conference series will take place one day per week during a four-week period. Each week will be dedicated to a different sub-theme.

  • Tuesday, October 27 | 12 – 6 PM EST: Growing and Sustaining the NICE Community
  • Thursday, November 5 | 12 – 6 PM EST: Transforming the Learning Ecosystem
  • Monday, November 9 | 12 – 6 PM EST: Career Discovery
  • Monday, November 16 | 12 – 4:45 PM EST: The Future Cybersecurity Workforce

The following conference workshops will also be available at an additional cost.

  • Thursday, October 29 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST: Adopting the NICE Framework
  • Friday, November 6 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST: Curriculum Development in an Online Environment
  • Thursday, November 12 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST: Building Apprenticeships
  • Tuesday, November 17 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST: Diversity Assessment Matrix

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW) aims to inspire, educate, and engage citizens to pursue careers in cybersecurity. 

The Virginia Cyber Range will help kick off the week-long celebration with a Capture the Flag (CTF) webinar demonstration on November 9th at 10:30AM EST. Attendees will be introduced CTF competitions, the Virginia Cyber Range platform; they will also explore Range tools first-hand, testing their skills on the challenge. The Capture the Flag competition will be available after the webinar and will run through November 13th. 

Registration is required for both the webinar and Cybersecurity Careers CTF competition. 


Registration is now open for the reimagined NICE K12 Virtual Cybersecurity Education Conference, to be held December 7-8. You can also register for pre-conference workshops. 

Pre-conference workshops include:

  • Workshop 1: Ethical Car Hacking: A Hands-On Workshop for K-12 Teachers
  • Workshop 2: Defining a Nationwide Pre-Apprenticeship Program
  • Workshop 3: Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) K12 Career Orientation Experience
  • Workshop 4: How to Set Up and Run Youth Registered Apprenticeships (YRA) 
  • Workshop 5: Hands on Hacking: Capture The Flag Workshop
  • Workshop 6: The Cyber Gym: Safely and Cost-Effectively Developing Cybersecurity Skills in the Classroom
  • Workshop 7: Increasing Student and Teacher Capacity in Cybersecurity
  • Workshop 8: Building an Enigma Machine to Teach Cybersecurity in the Classroom
  • Workshop 9: Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Associate (PCCSA) Preparation
  • Workshop 10: Digital Forensics - A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Cybersecurity
  • Workshop 11: Using the BBC micro:bit Module to Teach Cybersecurity
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