Virtual reality and cybersecurity collide


The NDSU computer science department is a global leader in cybersecurity education and research. The department’s decorated faculty often work with undergraduate and graduate students on groundbreaking projects using the latest technology.

Jeremy Straub, assistant professor of computer science, is working with senior Wyly Andrews and graduate student Ruben Tipperach on research involving aspects of cybersecurity and virtual reality. The hope is to create an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn visual language to explain the effects of cyberattacks to users with little knowledge of cyber warfare.

“Our simulation adds a cinematic element to explaining cyberattacks,” Tipperach said. “We’re trying to discover a new way to visualize cybersecurity data and add depth to it. We’re creating a new language to better understand cyberattacks for people with minimal training in the field.”

The project goal is to create a virtual reality program that visualizes what a cyberattack looks like while providing real time information about a computer system’s vulnerability. Straub said the project could be a good fit for military personnel who may not have a great depth of cybersecurity knowledge and training, but need to make quick decisions based on information in front of them.

NDSU is a leader in cybersecurity education and research. We’ve been recognized as a National Center for Cybersecurity Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and United States Department of Homeland Security.

The NDSU Institute for Cyber Security and Research also serves as a core of cybersecurity excellence that benefits the world with innovative ideas. 

“My experience with cybersecurity at NDSU has been amazing,” Andrews said. “I’ve really found a home in the computer science department. It’s helped me find what I want to do for a career and I’ve been a part of some really cool projects.”

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