6 Black College Gets Cybersecurity Center

Six historically Black universities in five southern states will host IBM’s first cybersecurity centers to train the communities they represent, the company said.

The schools include Xavier University in Louisiana, the state’s Southern University System, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Clark Atlanta and Morgan State University, according to a news release Tuesday.

“Technology-related services are constantly in demand, and cybersecurity is key,” said Dr. Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System, based in Baton Rouge.

The center will provide students, staff and faculty with access to modern development of technology, resources and skills, said Dr. Nikunja Swain, a professor and professor in the South Carolina State Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Orangeburg.

“It will increase our ongoing activities in key areas such as cybersecurity, data science analysis, cloud computing, IoT, blockchain, design thinking, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence,” he said.

IBM said it plans to plan more than 20 centers historically at Black institutes and universities across the nation.

The company said each school will have access to customized courses and business academic programs. They will also be able to experience simulated but realistic cyberattacks through the IBM Security Command Center.

The company said it will provide teachers and students with free access to multiple IBM Cloud SaaS environments.

Xavier is based in New Orleans, North Carolina A&T Greensboro and Morgan State Baltimore.

6 Black College Gets Cybersecurity Center

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