BATON ROUGE – The potential of a cyber threat is an ongoing and pervasive one that could affect anyone. The LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, or SDMI, works to protect the country’s systems and networks by teaming with partners from government and military, the private sector and academia to provide solutions. The most recent partnership has led to the Cyber Security Initiative, in conjunction with the Louisiana National Guard.
Training with the Louisiana National Guard has already begun using a newly constructed joint “Cyber Range” in Baton Rouge. SDMI is working with university-based experts in cyber security at LSU and other universities to create a cyber research and incident response capability to protect information security.
SDMI’s executive director Joseph Booth said the partnership with the Louisiana National Guard is designed to facilitate information sharing about cyber threats between military and civilian sectors.
“Partnering with the Louisiana National Guard and participating in their training is a big step in that direction,” he said. “We are proud to work with our National Guard in building a leading cyber defense program.”
According to Booth, the SDMI cyber security initiative is designed to utilize applied research expertise to the growing problem of cyber threats. Work is being focused on protecting information security and information assurance.
“As the state’s flagship institution, the problems of Louisiana are the problems of LSU, so it is a natural that our researchers help with the issue of cyber security and cyber threats,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “We all rely on technology and mission critical systems to sustain businesses and our way of life. We have to be able to rely on the certainty of those systems operating without disruption, and our researchers have the expertise to help in those areas.”
Approximately 40 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen with the state’s new Cyber Defense Incident Response Team, or CDIRT, have participated in the training.… Read the rest