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SDMI and Louisiana National Guard Begin New Cyber Security Initiative

March 18, 2015

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

Sid Fuchs, SDMI Senior Fellow and MacAulay-Brown President and CEO, is recognized for leadership and creating a top workplace.

December 17, 2014

Fuchs Official Executive Photo

Sid Fuchs, SDMI Senior Fellow and MacAulay-Brown President and CEO, is recognized for leadership and creating a top workplace.  Executive Director Joseph Booth adds “SDMI congratulates Sid Fuchs for this latest accomplishment and recognition.   This news brings no surprise, just proud delight to see Sid once again singled out for his strong corporate and personal strengths.” Read full article.… Read the rest

SDMI Research Affiliate Fights Ebola in West Africa

December 10, 2014

Workers practice correct donning and doffing of PPE

The largest ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is an ongoing health crisis in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  Sierra Leone has been especially hard hit with over 7,000 cases since July.  SDMI Senior Fellow Dr. Christopher Mores is there to develop and deploy biocontainment strategies to mitigate this current outbreak, both in the community and at the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) in Port Loko outside of Freetown.  Dr. Mores is serving as the lead epidemiologist, biocontainment specialist, and infection control officer in collaboration with the Irish NGO GOAL Aid Agency. He is providing critical leadership in addressing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.  Dr. Mores has previous experience in developing means to deal with outbreaks of the Ebola virus, having worked with the virus as a postdoc at USAMRIID.  His expertise and experience is being used to develop strategies to better understand the drivers of transmission in effort to eventually slow the transmission of Ebola. Especially important is his work in biosafety for healthcare workers, as over 200 healthcare workers have contracted Ebola since the start of the epidemic. Additionally, Dr. Mores and SDMI are providing advice and guidance to government and private sector entities to provide greater resiliency against Ebola virus outbreaks.

You can keep up with Dr. Mores and his Ebola response by following his blog: http://www.epiresponse.com/; or by following him through SDMI at http://sdmi.lsu.edu.… Read the rest

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