Today we are very excited to welcome Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus as she proclaims November 20 as “Oregon Day of Cyber” to raise awareness about the important of cybersecurity protections for Oregon businesses and all Oregonians. Our students are excited to meet the Governor and we are thrilled to be launching the Oregon Tech Cyber Defense Center in conjunction with this event.
The Cyber Defense Center (CDC) is a cutting-edge educational model that will help address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals throughout the state of Oregon. Like a teaching hospital, the CDC provides Oregon Tech cybersecurity students with the opportunity to practice their profession under the direction and tutelage of experienced industry experts. One of the main issues industry faces in filling these critical positions is a lack of fully-trained and qualified specialists. Most entry level positions require at least one to two years of previous work experience in the field. The teaching hospital concept allows Oregon Tech students to gain actual professional practice before they enter the workforce, making them available to fill these vacancies immediately upon graduation.
The CDC is a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) that offers clients throughout Oregon and SW Washington services to ensure that their information systems are secure from threats and intrusions. The CDC will provide information security assessments, managed firewall services and network security monitoring, and incident response from our Security Operations Center located on the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus. Organizations can contact us to get a free security assessment to identify critical risks to their business.
Through the CDC, Oregon Tech will offer customized cybersecurity awareness training to organizations of all sizes, executive briefings to empower business leaders and continuing education opportunities for cyber security professionals.
I encourage anyone with questions about our CDC’s services to get in touch with Oregon Tech’s CDC Director Brian Page at [email protected].
Author: Kris Rosenberg, Oregon Tech
Kristopher Rosenberg is an assistant professor and serves as the program director for the Information Technology and Cybersecurity Programs at Oregon Tech.