Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled this week to the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., to meet with teachers and students as part of DHS’ efforts to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues and prepare the next generation of cyber defense experts.
“Cyberspace is an important part of our daily lives, from how we work and communicate to how we protect national and homeland security,” Napolitano said. “We are pleased to partner with the Cyber Innovation Center to enhance cyber education and prepare future generations as well as our current workforce in an ever-changing cyber world.”
DHS awarded the center a $300,00 grant in July to support its cyber camp and other educational programs. Napolitano told event attendees she hopes the collaboration between the center and area schools will serve as a model for the rest of the nation.
“Threats to our homeland continue to change, especially in the emerging area of cybersecurity,” Landrieu said. “Louisiana has stepped up to meet the 21st century challenges that threaten our national security and economic stability.”
“The $300,000 grant DHS has awarded to the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City will help build a well-trained workforce to develop “cutting-edge technology that we need to counter this threat,” she added.
Students who attended the CIC cyber discovery camp this summer shared part of what they learned with the lawmakers by showing off their robot creations.