Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Cyber Center at MGCCC

A cyber security ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the MGCCC campus in Gulfport.

Gulf Coast President Dr. Mary Graham, along with officials from Mississippi State University and multiple state and federal partners, celebrated the opening of the Mississippi Cyber Center.  Dr. Graham said, “Students majoring in cyber security, it’s one of the fastest growing new professions, high salaries is a part of that and have great careers in this area.”

The building contains three different labs that support law enforcement, training at Keesler Air Force Base, and MGCCC, as well as a digital ecosystem for outreach, collaboration, and training. Mississippi State Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw said, “It really is about collaboration across the entire state, so collaboration with our other community colleges and four-year institutions in Mississippi and collaborations with ya know up to 16 right now state and federal agencies in a partnership makes it an ecosystem that really is beyond comparison anywhere in the country.”

Dr. Graham said, “No one is exempt from cyber security threats. If you think about your home security system, your credit card, your banking information, big data in big corporations, all of those are subject to cyber security attacks.”

The long-term plan includes expanding the Gulf Coast facility, known as the Mississippi Cyber and Technology Center, it will serve as the hub for a robust network of statewide partners offering a coordinated site for cyber training and threat mitigation efforts as well as space for collaboration with private sector companies.

Interested students can go online at mgccc.edu to register for the two-year program. Classes start in January.

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