Harrisburg University targets government data security

Cisco, IBM, Unisys stand behind school's new IT security best practices center

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and its Government Technology Institute (GTI) have launched a center focused on protecting government data and systems from intruders.

The Security Center of Excellence (SCoE) is led in part by Charlie Gerhards, the former CIO of Pennsylvania. 

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Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, Symantec and Unisys are sponsoring the center and will provide experts to help establish best practices through the center. 

The plan is for an educational program for security specialists in government to begin this spring, followed by seminars, technology testing and collaboration across government.

IT security advances are big business for colleges these days. Late last year, the Hewlett Foundation committed $45M to UC Berkeley, Stanford and MIT for development of cybersecurity policy research, for example.

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