Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies

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View all the Excitement of our Institute's Launch

A Mission to Serve a Vital Need

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The Institute prepares students and working professionals with the technical and business skills to meet the challenges and growing demand of the 21st century. With a unique focus on business, workplace experience, job placement, and career development the Institute is a leader in developing highly skilled professionals in:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • and other emerging technologies  

"The Institute is a transformative endeavor for RIC and our state. We are a regional center of excellence for this critical industry. Our leading researchers and professionals are developing practical and policy approaches to the cybersecurity challenges facing businesses, non-profits and government."

At the Forefront - a Message from the Distinguished Chair

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“The Cyber Institute will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to excel in the digital age. Students will be equipped with the tools and techniques to protect and secure sensitive information from cyber threats and attacks.”

“Moreover, they will be trained to develop and apply machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to solve complex problems across various industries. The training needed to fill these important job needs can’t come soon enough."

- Distinguished Chair of the Institute, Congressman James Langevin

Creating Pathways for the Next Generation

GenCyber Camp

Our Cybersecurity-Focused Student Activities

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The National Security Agency created the GenCyber program to provide free summer cybersecurity camp experiences for high school students and teachers at no cost. RIC is a GenCyber camp host, and for many summers has provided rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a two-week learning experience aimed at inspiring entrance into the field of cybersecurity.

Learn about our 2024 GenCyber Camp

Recent Events

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Computer Science and Emerging Technology Panel

On January 25 Marc Rene, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems, participated in a panel at Scituate High School. Students met with professionals working in the industry, asked questions, and learned about various careers in technology.

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RIC Students and Distinguished Chair of the Institute attend Governor McKee’s State of the State Address

On January 16 current cybersecurity students Jillian Costello and Nygel Gomes attended Governor McKee's speech, alongside James Langevin, Distinguished Chair.

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The Launch of Our Institute

On November 6 Rhode Island College's Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies officially launched! Governor Dan McKee, Rhode Island College President Jack Warner, CISA Director Jen Easterly, former U.S. Representative Jim Langevin, and federal/state/local leaders gathered to celebrate. Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), joined the Institute's distinguished chair, U.S. Representative Jim Langevin, for a fireside chat to discuss the critical need for trained cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. workforce.

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Cybercorps Scholarship Panel Discussion

On September 14, 2023 GenCyber RIC & Information Security Club presented a virtual discussion on the Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service program. This program, a fully funded graduate school option open to all RIC students, was detailed by an accomplished panel.

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Computer Science for Rhode Island

On January 4, 2023 RIC Computer Science and Information Systems Associate Professor Suzanne Mello-Stark presented a workshop on Mega Data and Digital protection at Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI). CS4RI is a state initiative launched in 2016 by the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo to bring high quality computer science learning experiences to all students.

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exploreCSR 2022 at URI

On April 11, 2022 Associate Professor Suzanne Mello-Stark served on the Life After Grad School panel at the University of Rhode Island's exploreCSR. exploreCSR is committed to supporting students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing.

Why Cybersecurity? Why at RIC?

The RIC Cybersecurity Major is the first business-oriented undergraduate cyber degree offered in RI.
There will be a 34.7% employment growth for Information Security Analysts between 2021 and 2031. (prediction from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The demand for cybersecurity experts is high, but the number of professionals is low. Over 2,700 job openings in Rhode Island. (


Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Institute or the work that it does we'd be happy to assist you. Please reach out to us.



Did You Know We Host High Schools?

We do! Be one of the many high schools who have already visited us for a half-day GenCyber event and:

  • experience a campus tour
  • participate in a Data Visualization/CS/IT activity
  • learn about CSIS Programs and IT careers
  • have lunch in our dining center

Latest News

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Brand New B.S. Degree in Cybersecurity @ RIC

Did you know cybersecurity experts are in demand across the country? With a cybersecurity degree, you will become uniquely qualified to serve the security needs of businesses, government and other agencies that make up the nation’s infrastructure.

More Cybersecurity News from RIC

In the Media

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Governor McKee Doubles Down on Cybersecurity in State of the State

McKee called for a bond referendum to grow RIC’s new cybersecurity program as part of his effort to boost the state's per capita income. "In five years, let’s have 1,000 students enrolled in this school graduating 250 students a year with these degrees," he said.

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Cybersecurity Institute

We are a regional center of excellence for cybersecurity. Our leading researchers and professionals are developing practical and policy approaches to the cybersecurity challenges facing businesses, non-profits and government.