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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Harrisburg U builds cybersecurity center for state, local gov

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s Government Technology Institute has established a new center focused exclusively on safeguarding government data and systems from unauthorized access.

The Security Center of Excellence (SCoE) is believed to be the first such center focused solely on securing data entrusted to state, county and local governments, the university said

Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, Symantec and Unisys have all agreed to sponsor the SCoE and bring their global experts to HU to help GTI showcase the benefits of collaboration among cybersecurity experts from government, academia and the private sector.

“Our goal is to make this a national best practice for training and supporting those within government responsible for safeguarding sensitive data,” said Barb Shelton and Charlie Gerhards, co-directors of the GTI. 

Eric Darr, President of HU, said “these are some of the best security companies in the world and they will clearly help this Center to achieve its goal and in turn help Pennsylvania’s governments safeguard citizen data.”

It also is a tremendous opportunity for our faculty and students to work closely with government IT leaders and distinguished experts from the technology companies that have agreed to help Pennsylvania continually improve cybersecurity,” he added.

The educational program for security specialists in government is planned to begin in spring 2015 and will be followed with seminars, technology testing and collaboration among multiple levels of government. 

Posted by GCN Staff on Jan 15, 2015 at 9:53 AM


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Fri, Jan 16, 2015

Will this effort address only intrusion prevention and information assurance or will it address the ways of making software invulnerable to cyberattacks, e.g., by removing all code faults?

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