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Cybersecurity Center Facilities

The Hofstra University Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology and simulation software to create hyper-realistic cyberattack scenarios. It is one of the only academic ‘war room’ facilities in the New York metropolitan area with a cyber range, an immersive, virtual experience that replicates the high-pressure environment of an attack and allows students to work through it in real-time, from detection and response to repair and recovery.

Located in C.V. Starr Hall on Hofstra’s South Campus, the Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center was funded in part by a $200,000 Empire State Development grant awarded through the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. It features 36 computers, a separate server room, and status boards on the walls that students use to manage the operations of a cybersecurity exhibition or share ideas and information. The center is available to students across the University, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Among the equipment and software in the center:

  • Circadence Project ARES: a fully immersive, game-ified, AI-powered cybersecurity learning platform.
  • Metasploit: testing software to find security vulnerabilities on computer systems, networks or mobile applications that a hacker could exploit
  • Cellebrite UFED Touch2: software used by law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies to protect, extract and maintain the integrity of data on a mobile device.
  • CryptTool2: e-learning cryptology software that detects items that are not strictly malicious but pose some sort of risk to the user.
  • IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), an AI-powered Virtual Assistant, and drones.
Hofstra University Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center