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ST. BONAVENTURE — U.S. Rep. Nick Langworthy visited St. Bonaventure University Wednesday to announce a $475,000 grant for a Cyber Security Ops Center with implications for both education and local jobs.

“This institution is critical and a gem of the 23rd District,” Langworthy told university officials including President Dr. Jeff Gingerich and Provost Dr. David Hilmey, as well as staff and cyber security students at a press conference at the Walsh Science Center.

“I fought to get this in the appropriations bill,” he said. “This is a one-time investment. It will make our region stronger.

Gingerich thanked the congressman for securing funding for the university’s cyber security program. “This is an important piece of the university’s plan for moving forward,” he said.

The seeds for the grant were planted last spring when the freshman congressman toured the campus. “He showed his dedication to cyber security and he showed his dedication to St. Bonaventure,” Gingerich said of Langworthy.

The university president also credited Thomas Buttafarro Jr., university director of board, community and government relations, and the grants teams for pursuing the grant through Langworthy’s office.

“We’re grateful to Congressman Langworthy for his efforts in bringing this critical funding to St. Bonaventure and to the growing and critical field of cybersecurity,” said Hilmey, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This funding will not only benefit Bonaventure students in their education, it will give them hands-on experiences that will create a better, more capable cybersecurity workforce in Western New York, especially here in the Southern Tier.”

The Cyber Operations Center will strengthen the school’s partnerships with industry in a secure computing environment. The university would bring actual cyber-attack material into a configured, closed-network environment and use that material for hands-on learning regarding attack prevention and detection/response techniques.

“From the moment we wake up and check our smartphones to the time we go to bed and set our home security systems, we are constantly interacting with technology that is vulnerable to cyber threats,” Langworthy said.

“These threats can impact our banking, patient health care records, and supply chains — the list is never-ending,” Langworthy said. “It cannot be overstated how vital it is for institutions like St. Bonaventure University to lead the charge in preparing our future cybersecurity professionals.”

The Cyber Security Ops Center will allow public and private institutions to utilize it to test and practice their own incident response plans. The university also plans to offer workforce development, specialist training, and high school early education programming.

“The new Cyber Operations Center will be a great example of education, both in action and in practice, helping local and regional businesses and institutions better protect themselves,” Hilmey said. The grant will help purchase computer work stations and software.

Langworthy said he hoped the cyber security center would help provide jobs for local students who want to stay in the Southern Tier.

“This is a need we have today and in the future, It is essential to national security. This is a sector that will explode in importance and necessity. Imagine the impact on students. This is an investment in students.”

The impact will extend past the university to local partners as well. Cyber security jobs will increase by 35% by 2031.


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