Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies
A Mission to Serve a Vital Need
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:
- 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
“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
- Pending NSA Designated Program in Cyber Defense (CIS B.S. with Cybersecurity Minor)*
- Computer Information Systems BS, minor
- Computer Science BA, BS, minor
- Cybersecurity BS, minor
- Data Analytics minor
- Web Development minor
Our Cybersecurity-Focused Student Activities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
CISA Director Jen Easterly discusses the nation’s vital need for cybersecurity with former U.S. Rep. Langevin at his institute’s launch.
If you’re a computer science or cybersecurity major, you’re going to want to hear this.
Links and Resources
- Shields Up | CISA
- Top US Cybersecurity Agency Has a New Plan for Weaponized AI
- Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022
- RI Affiliate NCWIT Aspirations in Computing
- US Department of Defense: Contextualizing Deepfake Threats to Organizations
- Competition: Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition
- Competition: Carnegie Mellon University Cybersecurity Competition
- Competitions: Hack the Box - Hacking Training for the Best