ABOUT OCRI

In December 2017, the University of Cincinnati partnered with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Adjutant General's Department to explore and demonstrate the use of an Ohio Cyber Range.

 

Phase II of the Ohio Cyber Range leveraged the University of Cincinnati's multi-year experience running a virtual cloud environment and the institution's distinct comprehensive approach to Cybersecurity in which multiple disciplines collaborate on programs, including two NSA Centers of Excellence in Cyber Operations and Cyber Defense, and ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Cybersecurity, as well as several graduate programs.

 

Phase III began in November, 2019. This phase continues on the successes of Phase II and resulted standing up the Ohio Cyber Range Institute at the University of Cincinnati, continuing the Core Service Sites at UC and UA, and designating multiple OCRI-Regional Programming Centers across the state.

Exploring informal and formal engagements with high school students, teachers, and districts, the OCRI provides virtual lab environments for both formal high schools and introductory and intermediate camps and workshops for both students and teachers. 

Education modules have been developed to support instructors which include learning resources and labs that utilize the Ohio Cyber Range virtual environment. 

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K12 Engagement

Exploring informal and formal engagements with high school students, teachers, and districts, the OCRI provides virtual lab environments for both formal high schools and introductory and intermediate camps and workshops for both students and teachers. 

Education modules have been developed to support instructors which include learning resources and labs that utilize the Ohio Cyber Range virtual environment. 

 

Higher Education 

Workforce Development

The Ohio Cyber Range Institute supports formal courses, student groups, student research, as well as industry and academic research. 

In 2019, the Ohio Cyber Range hosted 49 college courses and engaged more than 1,200 students through advanced lab modules. 

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Practitioner Workforce Development

The Ohio Cyber Range Institute aims to build pathways for adult learners, including veterans and non-degree seeking individuals, to gain access to cybersecurity education opportunities. 

Through events such as the OCRI Cyber Security Bootcamp, adult learners have the opportunity to earn certificates such as CompTIA Network+/Security+ in short-term programs. 

 

Research

At the Ohio Cyber Range Institute, we focus on connecting researches in academia and industry together through shared resources and collaborative events. 

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Industry Engagement

By creating Cybersecurity education opportunities for student and adult learners, and connecting academic and industry researchers, the Ohio Cyber Range Institute creates a state-wide network of talented professionals who will be prepared to fill industry jobs throughout the state. 

 

Cyber Exercises

Hands-On Learning is a priority for the Ohio Cyber Range Institute. Programs and events hosted on the OCR aim to provide a creative and interactive element to cybersecurity education.

Programs and events such as the Cyber Hacking Challenge, in which students and professionals alike challenge one another to problem solve, collaborate, and practice new skills, create a fun and engaging environment for beginners and advanced learners alike. 

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The Ohio Cyber Range Institute Team

Ryan Moore

Lead Educator, OCRI

Assistant Professor Educator, School of Information Technology

John Franco

Educator, OCRI

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Albert W. Klein, Jr, PhD

Educator, OCRI

Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science

Daniel Glover, CEH

Educator, OCRI

Research Associate, School of Information Technology

Hazem Said, PhD

Co-Director, OCRI

Head, School of Information Technology

Richard Harknett, PhD

Co-Director, OCRI

Head, Department of Political Science

Marc Cahay, PhD

Co-Director, OCRI

Head, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Rebekah Michael

Executive Staff Director, OCRI

Assistant Professor Educator, School of Information Technology