Several years ago, University of Southern Maine faculty and staff wanted to create a research lab dedicated to cyber security. Using $1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (NFS) and the Maine Technology Institute, construction for the lab began earlier this year using space carved out of USM’s Science Building.
Another $300,000 NFS grant enabled the lab to have a private network, connecting UMaine System and Maine Community College campus. This network allows students to experiment and work with computer viruses without the risk of contaminating other networks.
The lab is a part of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) which is housed at USM. Students working in the lab will learn how to combat all kinds of malicious software, develop ways to inform the public of data breaches, and educate the public at large about how to keep personal data safe.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the lab will take place from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, August 26. Kudos to those faculty and staff whose vision made this possible.
Read more about the lab in the August 22 Portland Press Herald article, "USM will teach students how to hack, and how to stop it."