Miami Dade College Launches Groundbreaking Cybersecurity Center of the Americas

MDC’s new Cybersecurity Center of the Americas is unlike any other in the region, with the most advanced technology to pave the way for a new generation of cybersecurity experts.

Miami, Aug. 22, 2018 – At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Miami Dade College (MDC) made history today with the launch of its new, state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Center of the Americas and Cyber Range training facility, the only one of its kind in the region and powered by Cyberbit Ltd, a world leader of cybersecurity simulation and IT/OT detection and response platforms.

“Always striving to be at the forefront of innovation and address workforce demands of the 21st century, MDC’s new cybersecurity center offers the most advanced technology to train a new generation of cyberattack experts,” said MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

A cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds, according to a Clark School study. With the importance of cybersecurity growing in today’s digital world and the ever-increasing demand for professionals in this area, MDC once again takes the lead to train the workforce of tomorrow today. The Cyber Range is a cutting-edge training platform to learn how to detect, stop, and remediate cyberattacks in real-time. The facility is designed to mimic what a S.O.C. (Security Operations Center) looks and feels like.

Open to students and professionals, trainees will experience live cyberattacks and learn how to respond to today’s advanced hacks and cyber threats. The unique training, coupled with theoretical learning, will give students a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce and will give working professionals the opportunity to advance their careers.

Training by simulation is proven to dramatically increase the skills of cybersecurity workforces and prepare them to meet the increasing complexity and volume of real-life cyber threats. By training the next generation of security experts, MDC will help to fill the more than 285,000 cybersecurity jobs currently open throughout the country, and more than 12,000 in Florida.

“With more than 12,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in Florida alone, this new center will have a huge impact on both the cyber resilience and economy of the region,” said Adi Dar, CEO at Cyberbit. “Cyberbit is rapidly rolling out it’s hyper-realistic cybersecurity training and simulation platform, which enables trainees to experience true-to-life cyberattack scenarios and practice responding to them, at institutions of higher education across North America.”

With the growing importance of cybersecurity in the global environment, MDC’s Cybersecurity Center will not only provide Cyber Range training programs but also serve the community by hosting dynamic forums, speakers, and other events that increase awareness of threats and provide educational opportunities for attendees.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest, campus-based institution of higher education with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of top national awards.  As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It houses the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, the Idea Center, the School of Advance Studies, the New World School of the Arts, to name a few.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $6 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry.   MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, a sculpture park and a large art gallery system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960.  For more information, visit

About Cyberbit
Cyberbit provides a consolidated detection and response platform that protects an organization’s entire attack surface across IT, OT and IoT networks. Cyberbit products have been forged in the toughest environments on the globe and include: endpoint detection and response powered by behavioral analysis, security automation, orchestration and response (SOAR), ICS/SCADA security (OT security), and the world’s leading cyber range for simulated cyber training. Since founded in mid-2015 Cyberbit’s products were rapidly adopted by enterprises, governments, academic institutions and MSSPs around the world. Cyberbit is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT) and has offices in Israel, the US, Europe, and Asia. Follow Cyberbit on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@CYBERBITHQ).

For more information about MDC’s Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, please contact Antonio Delgado, Dean of Engineering, Technology and Design, at; Jorge Ortega,  Director of Cybersecurity Center, at