A new cybersecurity center in Colorado Springs has changed its name, launched a national search for its CEO and will soon open temporary offices near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus.
The nonprofit center’s 12-person board of directors Tuesday voted to rename the facility the National Cybersecurity Center from the National Cyber Intelligence Center because the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in West Virginia already uses the NCIC acronym and also to remove the word intelligence from the name since the center has no intelligence role, said Ed Anderson, the center’s interim director. The retired Army lieutenant general also is executive director of strategic military, science, space and security initiatives for UCCS.
“Our work in getting this brand new National Cybersecurity Center off the drawing board is on pace,” Anderson said Thursday in a news release. “Our new name clearly states our intent to be the country’s leading center on cybersecurity response, education, research and development and training.”
The board also launched a national search Tuesday for its CEO, which it hopes to name by September, Anderson said. Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a Chicago-based executive search firm is conducting the search for the center and refining the job description for the position, he said. Board members have set a salary range for the post that he also declined to reveal, but said it has been “a topic of intense discussion” because there is “some concern” among board members that the “low end (of the range) to too low and the high end is too high”
The center hopes to begin operations later this month in temporary offices at 1861 Austin Bluffs Parkway in the University Office Park that can accommodate up to five staff members, including an executive assistant that is expected to be hired this month, Anderson said. He said he and others are working on request for proposals to contractors for renovations, funded by legislation signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May, to a former TRW manufacturing plant at 3650 N. Nevada Ave. that is now owned by UCCS and will become the center’s permanent home sometime next year.
The center eventually will include a Rapid Response Center to help businesses, nonprofits and government agencies combat and recover from cyber attacks; a Cyber Institute to help business executives, public officials and bureaucrats learn more about cybersecurity; and a Cyber Research, Education and Training Center that will conduct research on cybersecurity threats and develop a cybersecurity workforce through education programs at UCCS and other schools around the state. Besides nearly $8 million for the renovations, the center also is expected to receive federal and private funding.
Board members also added co-chairs of the center’s Rapid Response Center’s advisory board, David Anderson and Mike Marcotte, as directors. David Anderson is chief information officer of Denver-based design, construction and engineering firm CH2M and Marcotte is CEO of acumen digital. While the board is expected to eventually have 15 members, no additional members are expected in the near future, Ed Anderson said.