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Marshall University breaks ground on new Institute for Cyber Security | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Dozens gathered Friday afternoon at the future site of Marshall University’s Institute for Cyber Security. President Brad D. Smith invited guests from all over the state for a ceremonial groundbreaking.

“In today’s interconnected world, digital systems touch every facet of our lives,” Smith said.

The groundbreaking ceremony marked the official beginning of construction on the project that was made possible with collaboration between state and local governments, universities across West Virginia and the military. It will be an 80,000 square feet, four-story building that will house cyber security technology where industries from throughout the region can access training and mentoring to learn the most up-to-date cyber trends.

“I will tell you … you cannot overstate the threat. No matter what words that you use, the threat cannot be overstated,” said Lt. General Robert J. Skinner of Joint Force Headquarters-DODIN.

“This is about protecting our infrastructure, creating an education environment and also giving back to the communities that are the fabric of this great state,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

President Brad Smith called it a proud moment for Marshall University and the state of West Virginia.

“Collectively, we will ensure the shield that will protect the United States of America. God bless the United States of America. God bless our partners and go Herd!” Smith said.

Project leaders say that, if all goes according to plan, they hope to have the building finished by fall 2026.

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