Louisiana receives national acclaim as government, industry, and academic thought leaders promote the Cyber Innovation Center’s (CIC) blueprint for cyber education and teacher professional development.

This past week, the CIC in Bossier City and its National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) were placed in the national spotlight for their educational outreach programs and nation-wide expansion of their cyber education model.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) 2014 Conference and Expo, held in Columbia, Maryland on November 5-6, attracted 600+ academic, government, industry, and non-profit stakeholders to address the current challenges, opportunities, and future cybersecurity education needs of the nation. This event leveraged the current national security, policy, and industry focus on cybersecurity to attract a sold-out crowd of cyber professionals and thought leaders. Participants at the conference included representatives from Fortune 100 companies, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Security Agency (NSA), certifying agencies, as well as universities, community colleges, and secondary school systems.

G.B. Cazes, Vice President of the Cyber Innovation Center and Director of NICERC, was a panelist and keynote speaker where he showcased best practices and lessons learned from CIC’s nation-wide roll-out of their cyber curriculum and teacher professional development programs. He also led a session with panelists from Louisiana middle and high schools focused on how they have successfully implemented CIC’s model and the positive results they have experienced. “We believe every teacher can be a Cyber Teacher and by focusing on our model of teacher professional development, communities can achieve systemic and sustainable change in their education programs,” said Cazes.

Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the leading creators of jobs and opportunity for all economic sectors. As Cazes stated in his panel and keynote addresses, the CIC and partners like the Bossier Parish School System, are continuing to pioneer efforts to supply a ready and able workforce to meet the demands of this rapidly developing job market.

Senator Mary Landrieu, a long-time supporter of cyber education, had the following to say, “I am very pleased to see Louisiana being recognized as a national leader in cyber education. This achievement has been the result of hard work and dedication by the CIC and the teachers and schools throughout our state. I am proud of the investments I have made as Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee in this critical area, and I will continue to support cyber education to help Louisiana and the Nation create and fill these important jobs.”