Indiana University (IU) announced July 2 it is establishing the IU Cybersecurity Clinic that will address cyber threats with an emphasis on state and local organizations. IU said the clinic, which will serve as a Midwest hub for cyber training, is the only one of its kind focused on state and local cybersecurity.
“Cybersecurity risk management is becoming increasingly vital to government and business at every level,” said IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate. “The new clinic will help address an unmet need today, while offering practical, hands-on training for the cyber professionals of tomorrow.”
Funding for the new clinic comes from a $340,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and matching funds up to $225,000 from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The clinic will be a cross-discipline effort, using students from multiple departments and schools within the university to help government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses better manage cyberattacks, protect intellectual property and improve privacy.
This isn’t IU’s first foray into cybersecurity. The university also hosts the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, which “links university resources with industry and government to increase cyber preparedness.” IU also is accredited by the Federal government as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and in Cyber Defense Research.