Cybercrime is up 600% since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cybersecurity solutions are critical, and innovation is happening in our region.

We are home to centers of excellence, an NSA lab, and over 15 degrees and programs producing specialized experts in cybersecurity. Top-tier talent, research, and opportunity come together in the Research Triangle Region to create an ideal spot for your cybersecurity team to call home.

Cybersecurity at a Glance

Cybersecurity jobs in the Research Triangle Region are expected to grow by 35.8% by 2028.
The Research Triangle Region is a top 5 cybersecurity market in the US.
33,000 people are employed in cybersecurity in the Research Triangle Region.
The average salary for cybersecurity professionals in the Research Triangle Region is $111,000.
Source: CSOonline.com 2020; Esmi 2021

Cybersecurity Companies Located in the Triangle

(Partial List)

Company Highlight

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"We have a strong focus on cultivating talent because know a lot of innovation is driven by new ways of thinking being taught at NCSU… We’re able to take advantage of that."
Jason Henderson
LexisNexis Talent Acquisition Lead, North America

LexisNexis

LexisNexis is a leading provider of workflow solutions for the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic sectors. Their risk solutions offer pivotal tools for cybersecurity.

In 2014, LexisNexis opened a North American corporate innovation center on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU). Since then, they have grown from 150 employees to nearly 800. By partnering with NCSU’s Department of Computer Science, students are given the opportunity to work directly with LexisNexis, and they hold events like the Rise to Code Hackathon to support emerging cybersecurity talent – making it possible for LexisNexis to hire over 50 NCSU graduates over the past three years.

University Programs

North Carolina A&T

2 Bachelor’s programs specializing in cybersecurity

2 Master’s programs specializing in cybersecurity

1 Graduate certificate in cybersecurity

2 PhD programs specializing in cybersecurity

North Carolina State University

1 Bachelor’s program specializing in cybersecurity

3 Master’s programs specializing in cybersecurity

2 PhD programs specializing in cybersecurity

Duke University

1 Master’s program specializing in cybersecurity

Wake Technical Community College

1 Associate’s program in cybersecurity

Unique Facilities

NC State University

NCSU is a hub for cybersecurity innovation with four different facilities dedicated to research and education in this space. Its Secure Computing Institute (SCI) is part of the NCSU Department of Computer Science. As the focal point of cybersecurity innovation in the Triangle, SCI seeks to unite efforts across the entire university, including the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Business Management, and the Department of Psychology.

Its core research labs include:

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The NCSU campus houses the Science of Security Lablet (SoSL) which has helped build the NSA’s foundation for their vision of Science of Security. They emphasize data-driven discovery and analytics to formulate, validate, evolve, and solidify the theory and practice of security. Recently, their efforts have yielded significant findings that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications with more on the way.

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The core research lab of Secure America Institute is also located on the NCSU campus. They provide world-class leadership in securing the US Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base through applied research, education, and workforce development.

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The Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) (pronounced “whisper”) Lab models, designs, builds, and validates technology that protects users, systems, and networks. Seven faculty members and affiliated students work on all areas of cybersecurity. From computer systems to legacy telephone networks to emerging technologies, those in the WSPR Lab are hard at work securing them all.

NC A&T University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) claims several labs used for cybersecurity education and research. They even have a Quantum Computing facility used in training. Many projects at NC A&T have their own dedicated hardware and software facilities, including:

  • The Cybersecurity Forensic Hub for Women
  • Student Run Security Operation Center
  • A secure drone making facility
  • Honeynet
  • The Cybersecurity Healthchecks project
  • Security Operation Center on Wheels

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