Marshall’s new cyber security center in Huntington: groundbreaking progress

May 19, 2024
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TLDR:

  • Marshall University breaks ground on new Institute for Cyber Security facility in Huntington, WV.
  • Collaborative effort between multiple partners including WVU, the military, and state and federal leaders.

Marshall University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Institute for Cyber Security facility in Huntington, WV. The project, which symbolizes the establishment of the National Center of Excellence for Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructure, is a collaborative effort involving multiple partners. Marshall President Brad Smith emphasized the importance of protecting networks, data, and critical infrastructure through strategic partnerships with industry, academia, the military, and government. WVU President Gordon Gee stressed the united effort of both universities in advancing cyber security education in West Virginia without competition.

The $45 million grant from the state for the construction of the facility highlights the commitment to strengthening cyber security education and workforce development in the state. The facility, set to be completed in the fall of 2026, will include retail space on the ground floor, academic spaces on floors two and three, and industry partners leasing the fourth floor. Involvement of the military, particularly the West Virginia National Guard, will enhance research and workforce development opportunities.

Overall, the new cyber security center at Marshall University is expected to attract students from across the country, not just benefiting West Virginians but also serving as a regional and national hub for cyber security education and workforce development.

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