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Cyber Corridor Boost

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Louisiana’s I-20 Tech Corridor will benefit from $757 million inserted in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget for FY2015.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, was responsible for the significant level of funding for cybersecurity programs.

Landrieu said the funding will help grow the I-20 Tech Corridor, create cybersecurity jobs, and help keep the nation safe from cyber attacks.

The funding also includes $15.8 million for cybersecurity education programs like the one the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City has been operating as an integral part in the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to develop a future skilled workforce.

“With innovative and strong universities, the third-largest Internet Service Provider in the country, and the Cyber Innovation Center, Louisiana’s I-20 Tech Corridor is leading the way to build the high-skilled workforce and warriors we need to protect this country from ever-increasing cyber threats,” Landrieu said.

Last month, Landrieu and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson traveled along Louisiana’s I-20 Tech Corridor and toured Century Link in Monroe and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.