UCCS will house and support a new National Cybersecurity Intelligence Center under a plan unveiled last week by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“As we see it, this center can be the country’s foremost authority on cybersecurity research and development, training and education,” Hickenlooper said in his Jan. 14 State of the State address at the Capitol. “It will provide real time response capability for businesses to detect, prevent, remediate and recover from threats and hacks.”
The center will be a collaboration among UCCS, the regional technology community and federal, state and city governments, according to a city of Colorado Springs press release.
According to The Gazette, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Mayor John Suthers began meeting with business, military, government and educational leaders last year about ways to expand the cybersecurity industry in the Colorado Springs area.
“We concluded that Colorado Springs needed to put a big stake in the ground in the cybersecurity area,” Martin Wood, vice chancellor, University Advancement, told The Gazette. He added that UCCS hopes to expand its cybersecurity education programs to meet the industry’s workforce needs.
A team of executives from industry, nonprofits, government and higher education will figure out when the center will open, who will operate it and other details. The center is expected to be housed in a former TRW manufacturing plant at 3650 N. Nevada Ave., owned by UCCS.
Hickenlooper recognized Shockley-Zalabak and Suthers during his address.
“I am proud of UCCS cybersecurity programs and the university’s outstanding faculty,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “UCCS students are excellent and will build the workforce of the future. We look forward to continued collaboration with Mayor Suthers and other public officials as we advance this exciting initiative.”