Landrieu Secures Funding to Grow I-20 Tech Corridor, Create Cybersecurity Jobs Includes $15.8M for cyber education program like the Cyber Innovation...
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Landrieu Secures Funding to Grow I-20 Tech Corridor, Create Cybersecurity Jobs Includes $15.8M for cyber education program like the Cyber Innovation Center
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The office of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., issued the following news release:
The Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that she has included $757 million for cybersecurity programs as part of the Senate bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2015. This significant level of funding will help grow Louisiana's I-20 Tech Corridor, create cybersecurity jobs and help keep the nation safe from ever-increasing cyber threats. The funding also includes $15.8 million for cybersecurity education programs like the one the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City, La., which 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. This funding ensures that the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to combat a growing threat. I am proud that DHS continues to turn to Louisiana for the cyber talent and infrastructure needed to keep our government and businesses safe, and will continue to work to build up the I-20 Tech Corridor and help keep Louisiana's top talent in the state, create jobs and grow our economy," Sen. Landrieu said.
Sen. Landrieu included support for the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program and urged the Department of Homeland Security to expand the use of this technology, which keeps the federal government more secure against cyber attacks, to help secure state and local government networks. CenturyLink, currently one of two provides of these services, is leading the efforts to help secure these networks through their Enhanced Cybersecurity Services .
Last month, Sen. Landrieu and DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson traveled along Louisiana's I-20 Tech corridor and toured CenturyLink in Monroe and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City. During the visit, she highlighted how Louisiana is helping build the nation's cybersecurity work force through partnerships with Louisiana Tech and other universities throughout North Louisiana.
During the last several years, Sen. Landrieu has worked to secure funding and policies necessary to expand the cyber footprint in Louisiana. Sen. Landrieu helped recruit the Computer Science Corporation to the Cyber Innovation Center, which resulted in 800 new jobs for the Shreveport-Bossier area.
Sen. Landrieu's Appropriations bill restores a proposed 50 percent cut - over $8 million - to ensure the Nation does not fall behind the world on training for a known threat. This funding supports cybersecurity workforce development and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City, La., which has been an integral part in the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to develop these critical programs. CIC was awarded a $5 million grant in August 2013 to expand its Cyber Discovery program. This follows a $2.35 million grant in 2012 to support the center. The program, developed in partnership with Louisiana Tech University, is a nationwide model that empowers K-12 teachers and college faculty while also engaging students through technology, laying a foundation for the development of our nation's future knowledge-based workforce.
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