WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the bill that funds the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY2015 includes future cybersecurity opportunities for more high-paying jobs along Louisiana’s I-20 Tech corridor. The Senator included $7.5 million to establish a partnership between cybersecurity education and non-profit organizations and the nation’s intelligence agencies for information assurance research and development. This will ensure that when digital information is transmitted and stored for the government and businesses it is secure, confidential, quickly available and remains intact. The U.S. intelligence community has certified Louisiana Tech and Bossier Parish Community College as cyber centers of excellence.
Sen. Landrieu believes that Louisiana’s cyber assets along the I-20 Tech Corridor—the Cyber Innovation Center in the Northwest, CenturyLink in the Northeast and Louisiana universities connecting the two—put Louisiana in a strong position to secure this future federal investment and the thousands of high-paying jobs that come along with it.
“This investment gives Louisiana the opportunity to grow its cyber footprint along the I-20 tech and cyber corridor. With the nation’s third-largest ISP, the Cyber Innovation Center and our universities’ strong research and development focus, I’m confident that we will be able to take advantage of these opportunities to keep the government and businesses safe from cyber attacks and create more high-paying jobs,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Louisiana’s cybersecurity assets have already made extraordinarily contributions to developing these programs, and I look forward to them continuing to play a large role in protecting our nation from cyber threats and continuing to produce home-grown cyber warriors and jobs.”
During the last several years, Sen. Landrieu has worked to secure funding and policies necessary to expand the cyber footprint in Louisiana.