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Governor launches first Cyber Security Education Center in Louisiana with Cybint and BPCC

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. and Cybint’s Bryan Dickens, along with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, sign the MOU creating the Cyber Center, which will be housed on the BPCC campus. (Courtesy photo)

Global cyber education leader, Cybint Solutions, and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) are once again leading the charge to enhance Louisiana’s cybersecurity educational ecosystem and equip current and future cyber professionals with advanced skills, tools and expertise. 

In today’s ceremony at the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the formation of the new Cyber Center Hub of North Louisiana, a collaboration between the state, Cybint, BPCC, Louisiana Tech University, Northwestern State University, Grambling University and Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

The Cyber Center, which will be housed on the BPCC campus, will offer Cybint’s comprehensive suite of multi-level cyber education and workforce development offerings for cybersecurity professionals and students across Louisiana.  Classes will range from cyber literacy for non-technical professionals to advanced, hands-on simulation-labs and a cyber-range environment for those pursuing a cyber-security career.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. (far right), Cybint’s Bryan Dickens (second row, far right), and the BPCC Cyber team. (Courtesy photo)

Cybint and BPCC have enjoyed a longstanding relationship and shared mission to positively influence cyber education in Louisiana. In 2018, the organizations hosted two professional development cyber range competitions and workshops, the initial one for industry partners and the second for academic partners. The overwhelming response was that Cybint provided a comprehensive educational training platform that would benefit both industry and academia.

“Well over a decade ago, the leaders of Northwest Louisiana joined the State of Louisiana in creating the Cyber Innovation Center as an anchor of the 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park here in Bossier City,” Gov. Edwards said. “Today, GDIT employs 800 cybersecurity professionals here because of that effort, we have a major STEM Building serving students and veterans, and shared by Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Tech University. We have established an I-20 Cyber Corridor stretching from this cyber hub, and the Global Strike Command of Barksdale Air Force Base, to the Fortune 500 headquarters of CenturyLink in Monroe. Today, we’re assembling another strategic asset that will make Louisiana a national and global leader in cybersecurity.”

“This is an exceptional honor for us,” Cybint CEO Roy Zur said. “Our collaboration with BPCC has been impactful and our entire organization has been gratified to see the enthusiasm and passion for cyber learning in this region. We look forward to the next phase.”

“From all of our research, we found that Cybint was the premier leader in providing a platform for hands-on cyber security education, training, and simulation,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., chancellor of BPCC. “To establish such a partnership with Cybint is a win for everyone involved. Our partnership will have a far reaching impact that benefits not only our students here at BPCC but also students, industry partners, and educational institutions across the state of Louisiana.”

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