Hawaii Opens Doors to First Cyber Center

Honululu; Photo: Sullynyflhi

Hawaii may be most famous for its beaches and picturesque landscapes, but the volcano island could soon become known for its work in defending the nation’s digital battleground.

Referentia Systems, a cybersecurity solutions provider headquartered in Hawaii, yesterday announced the opening of its new Honolulu-based Cyber Collaboration Center. The new facility will work to promote partnerships with academia, government and industry to develop effective advanced cybersecurity solutions to address the growing severity of cyber threats.

Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who has been pushing to make the island a hub for cybersecurity, interoperability operations and energy infrastructure solutions, delievered yesterday’s keynote speech before more than 200 government, public and private industry leaders.

“Referentia employees are among Hawaii’s brightest and are working diligently to create solutions to protect our computer infrastructures, both military and civilian, and provide real-time analysis of our nation’s toughest issues,” he said. “With Hawaii’s strategic location in the Pacific, I am proud that technology firms like Referentia are partnering with the military to make a difference in our nation’s global cybersecurity needs. This is an outstanding investment.”

Referentia is collaborating with the U.S. Pacific Command, the Navy and other strategic departments and agencies in cybersecurity to develop secure network defense technologies. The company is also working with Hawaiian Electric Industries to demonstrate smart grid management and cybersecurity solutions throughout Hawaii that are applicable globally.

In addition to focusing on government, private and public-industry cybersecurity initiatives, the center will also support the CyberPatriot National High School Cyber Defense Competition in Hawaii.

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