Regional cybersecurity focus of new Virginia Beach-based group

A new nonprofit organization that seeks to coordinate and advance cybersecurity efforts in Hampton Roads has launched in Virginia Beach.

The creation of Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia was announced Tuesday during a roundtable discussion on the topic in the city’s economic development offices at Town Center. Attendees from businesses, government and higher education talked about challenges to the region’s infrastructure and labor pool, and what could be done — as the agenda put it — “to improve the Cyber posture of Hampton Roads.”

Scott Phillpott, senior maritime and cyber analyst for Valkyrie Enterprises and the executive director of the newly

Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris speaks at a cybersecurity roundtable discussion Tuesday. (Dave Forster/Southside Daily)
Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris speaks at a cybersecurity roundtable discussion Tuesday. (Dave Forster/Southside Daily)

formed nonprofit, told the group that the local cybersecurity community has rallied behind the initiative.

“Things are really moving fast,” he said.

Goals include connecting cybersecurity expertise with cybersecurity education in a “Google-ish” framework, and supporting cross-pollination between businesses, schools and government, Phillpott said. A symposium for the public is being planned for the spring.

Other aims of Cyber Protection Resources, according to its brochure, include:

  • collaborating on regional threats
  • serving as an independent, fact-based, credible source for educating decision-makers
  • developing a premiere cyber workforce
  • employing graduates
  • sponsoring cyber events and showcasing local cyber expertise

Sponsors and supporters of the nonprofit include Valkyrie Enterprises, Klett Consulting, Q.E.D. Systems, Sera-Brynn, Williams Mullen, TowneBank, Splunk, G2 Ops and the city of Virginia Beach, according to its brochure. Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, Old Dominion University and Liberty University are also supporters.

More information is available on the entity’s website, www.cprcv.org.

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