Cybersecurity Update: Army Reserve Partnership

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UW Tacoma is establishing an important niche for itself in the areas of cybersecurity and information assurance, developing collaborations that strengthen and shape UW Tacoma's urban-serving identity.
Chancellor Kenyon Chan, fifth from left, signs an agreement  establishing UW Tacoma as one of six university sources of highly trained cybersecurity professionals. | Photos courtesy of the Army Reserve.UW Tacoma is establishing an important niche for itself in the areas of cybersecurity and information assurance. These timely topics are leading to collaborations with the military and the public and private sectors—collaborations that at once strengthen and put UW Tacoma’s role as an urban-serving university in a new light.
 
Army Reserve Partnership
 
The most recent development is a high-level agreement signed by the UW, five other universities, 12 private-sector companies and the U.S. Army Reserve. The agreement establishes the six universities as the source of highly trained cybersecurity professionals who will help the Army Reserve fill the military’s demand for “cyber warriors.”
 
Joining UW Tacoma Chancellor Kenyon Chan at a Washington, D.C., signing ceremony were representatives from George Mason University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Norwich University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Drexel University.
 
The collaboration is called the U.S. Army Reserve Private Public Partnership Cyber Initiative, or USAR Cyber P3. Among the companies representing the private sector in the partnership are T-Mobile, Boeing and Microsoft, all of whom will provide UW Tacoma with vital insights and access to emerging technologies and operational environments. T-Mobile’s Bill Boni, vice president for information security, and Microsoft’s Bill Kamela, policy counsel, were both present at the signing ceremony.
 
Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley signs the agreement.The Cyber P3 initiative will be coordinated across all three UW campuses by the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), founded in 2004 and now located at UW Tacoma. The Center, originally established within the iSchool at UW in Seattle, is directed by Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, a professor in UW Tacoma’s Institute of Technology and a recognized leader in the information assurance field.
 
See “A New Kind of Homeland Security” for more about CIAC and the growth of cybersecurity studies and research at UW Tacoma.
 
Cybersecurity: The Community Perspective
 
A key element underpinning the expansion of cybersecurity and information assurance at UW Tacoma is the focus on community-based and community-wide collaborations. As an urban-serving institution, UW Tacoma can encourage more-coordinated responses to cyber threats and attacks and can provide an opportunity for conversations across sectors that may not otherwise happen – academia, business, defense, government and non-governmental organizations.
Faculty, staff and students are bringing innovation and creative thinking to the challenge of improving the internet’s collective security, while maintaining privacy and civil liberties. The Institute of Technology and CIAC are highlighting the tremendous amount of expertise and infrastructure that is already in place in the South Sound and the state of Washington.
 
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John Burkhardt / February 18, 2015
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu