Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Colorado cybersecurity bill into law during a signing ceremony May 20 on El Pomar Plaza, ushering in a series of initiatives with UCCS as a key partner.
The law identifies Colorado Springs as the location for the National Cyber Intelligence Center to respond to cyber attacks, to train government and private sector leaders to respond to them and to do workforce development and research.
The law supports a partnership of academics at UCCS and other higher education institutions to leverage military, state, federal, local government as well as private sector resources. The bill provides $8 million in state funds to be used to renovate a UCCS-owned building at 3650 N. Nevada Ave.
House Bill 1453 was sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco, and Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs. It passed the Colorado House April 29 by a vote of 52-13 and the Colorado Senate May 4 by a vote of 30-5.
The bill sponsors along with many of its stakeholders including UCCS leadership, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, military leaders and industry representatives, attended the bill-signing ceremony.
–Photo by Tom Kimmell