CSC Selects Bossier City, La., for Tech Center
19 Feb, 2014
Computer Science Corp. recently announced it will build the CSC Integrated Technology Center, focused on cybersecurity, cloud computing and other next-generation technologies, at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City. The company will hire 800 people at the new 116,000 square-foot facility, which will become an anchor tenant of the 3,000-acre research park being developed by the Cyber Innovation Center.
Cybersecurity is a global issue facing both the public and private sector across a wide range of industries. The wave of cyber crime, cyber mayhem, and cyber espionage is one of the top issues facing leading in organizations around the world.
The CSC Integrated Technology Center joins Louisiana’s growing cybersecurity research and innovation sector, and is expected to lure similar companies to the state. In fact, IBM recently broke ground on a new 800 job-technology center in Baton Rouge and state officials quickly saw the number of IT-related deals double. State economic development leaders, local officials, academia, and public and private business leaders work diligently to cultivate the growth of the cybersecurity eco-system. A snapshot of the Louisiana’s specific cybersecurity assets include:
- The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) is becoming the nation’s center for cybersecurity research. The center has received funding from the Department of Homeland Security and is home to companies including Hitachi Data Systems, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. CIC serves as a catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout North Louisiana, and has created the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) and Cyber Discovery Camps.
- Louisiana Tech University, which earned a designation from the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a premier academic center for cybersecurity research, is the nation’s first university to offer a bachelor’s degree in cyber engineering. Tech’s Center for Secure Cyberspace, a collaborative effort of Louisiana Tech and Louisiana State Universities, and the Cyberspace Research Laboratory at Tech’s Enterprise Campus are developing ways to protect our nation’s cyber infrastructure. The State of Louisiana will invest $14 million over 10 over years in local universities and colleges to develop a next-generation IT workforce.
- Digital media and IT companies including Venyu, premier provider of cloud, datacenter, and data protection services; ArcMail, an email protection software company; and Praeses, a leader in providing IT consulting services to correctional facilities.
Illustration courtesy of Cyber Innovation Center