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Salem State gets $624K grant for cybersecurity training center

Salem State gets $624K grant for cybersecurity training center
SALEM — Salem State University announced this week that it received a $624,437 grant to establish and operate a cybersecurity training facility on campus.

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Salem State University Awarded $624,437 Grant to Establish Cybersecurity Training Facility

Salem State University has announced that it has been granted $624,437 to create and run a cybersecurity training facility on its campus. The grant is part of the state’s Security Operations Center (SOC) Cyber Range Initiative, which aims to educate and train a diverse generation of cybersecurity professionals. The program is managed by Mass Tech’s MassCyberCenter.

Governor Maura Healey expressed her commitment to leading in cybersecurity and ensuring that all communities have the skills, resources, and capacity to protect their businesses and residents. Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll, a Salem State graduate, also expressed pride in the university's efforts to teach critical cybersecurity skills.

Salem State President John Keenan emphasized the importance of the partnership and investment, comparing the CyberRange to the university's nursing and occupational therapy simulation labs. The funding will support the construction of the CyberRange and its first year of operations.

The CyberRange will join other institutions in a statewide network of cybersecurity educators and is expected to promote the Massachusetts cybersecurity ecosystem by building a strong cyber talent pipeline and strengthening the defense of local communities. More information is available at https://masscybercenter.org.

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