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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Thursday opened a new cybersecurity education and research center that Chancellor Venkat Reddy called a cornerstone of its cybersecurity programs.

The 26,000 square foot center, located in a former satellite manufacturing plant on North Nevada Avenue, houses cyber labs, offices, lecture halls, classrooms, “collaborative spaces” where students can work together on projects and a “cyber range” lab used for cyber warfare training and software development. The facility will house all cybersecurity classes beginning this fall for the school’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and will eventually host classes from other UCCS colleges.

“The UCCS cybersecurity facility has grown and transformed over the years to be a major asset to our community,” Reddy said in a speech before officials officially opened the center and a separate center space information sharing and analysis where space industry officials will track cyberattacks. on satellites and other space equipment. The opening ceremony, he said, marks an important milestone that “will create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and our community at UCCS.”







A rendering of the video wall of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center monitoring center, a command center where space industry officials around the world will track cyberattacks on satellites and other space systems. The monitoring center and video wall are expected to be completed by the end of this year.




Renovating the old factory in the center and equipping the facility was funded by $7 million in grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration; the El Pomar, Lane, and Anschutz Foundations; and Colorado Springs developer and entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil. Reddy said UCCS also received an additional $19 million in recent grants to pay for cybersecurity apprenticeships, faculty development and camps for elementary, middle and high school students statewide.

Many of the labs at the center are sponsored by local defense and technology companies and organizations that pay for the running costs of the labs, including Boecore, Davidson Technologies, Deloitte, Information Systems Security Association, Northrop Grumman, Pear Workspace Solutions, the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and Underline Infrastructure.







UCCS Cybersecurity Center-Computer Lab

A computer lab at the new Kevin W. O’Neil Cybersecurity Education and Research Center awaits students. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has spent $7 million in federal and foundation grants and a major gift from Colorado Springs developer Kevin O’Neil to renovate part of a former satellite manufacturing plant to create the center.



The center is the third phase of five multi-year projects to transform the 135,000 square foot factory into a center that also houses a cybersecurity-focused think tank and a business incubator and accelerator program. UCCS purchased the vacant building from a local developer in 2006 at a heavily discounted price which included a donation which was used for an exhibition center and a warehouse for surplus equipment.







UCCS Cyber ​​Security Center - Main Lobby

Visitors gather Thursday in the main hallway of the new Kevin W. O’Neil Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has spent $7 million in federal and foundation grants and a major gift from Colorado Springs developer Kevin O’Neil to renovate part of a former satellite manufacturing plant to create the center.



The state funded $8 million for the building’s initial renovations in 2016 as part of a vision by U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, to turn the plant into a “National Cyber ​​Intelligence Center.”

Approximately 60% of the building continues to be used as a warehouse. But the school plans to apply for federal grants totaling up to $14 million for the next two phases of renovations that would expand the center with more classrooms, labs and other spaces, said Martin Wood, vice -UCCS Senior Chancellor for Academic Advancement and Development. Depending on fundraising, this work could be completed in five to seven years.

UCCS also plans to renovate another unfinished part of the building for the think tank’s expansion, called the National Cybersecurity Center; the Spatial Information Sharing and Analysis Center; and the Exponential Impact incubator and accelerator, Wood said. The school also wants to rent some of this space to cybersecurity companies that want to work with UCCS students and faculty on research projects. He estimates the renovation would likely cost more than $10 million.

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field for UCCS, which has graduated 200 students with cybersecurity-related degrees and has another 250 students enrolled in 20 cybersecurity-focused degree and certificate programs. Cybersecurity graduates shouldn’t have much trouble finding work — more than 550,000 cybersecurity jobs remained unfilled, said Chris Inglis, the nation’s first cyber director who also spoke at the opening.

“Why do we care about cyberspace? Inglis asked. “It’s kind of like why race cars have bigger brakes – so they can go faster. We have cyberspace so we can do whatever we want on the digital infrastructure and be confident to do it. Those who do this work should say, ‘I stand up for business, democracy and our way of life.'”







UCCS Cybersecurity Education and Research Center

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs opened its new Kevin W. O’Neil Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research on Thursday. The school spent $7 million in federal and foundation grants and a major gift from Colorado Springs developer Kevin O’Neil to renovate part of a former satellite manufacturing plant to create the center.



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