CIC receives $4M Department of Homeland Security Grant

Last week, the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), headquartered in Bossier City, Louisiana, received a $4 million continuation grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CIC is the anchor of the 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park and serves as the catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the [...]

2017-10-09T17:49:26+00:00 October 9th, 2017|News|

Louisiana Tech graduates first K-12 Cyber Education recipients

K-12 educators and administrators from Caddo and Bossier Parishes in Louisiana as well as Arkansas and South Carolina have completed the four-course certificate sequence enabling them to add the cyber education teacher credential to their repository of enrichments and certificate enhancements. Approved by the Board of Regents in January 2017, the Cyber Education Certificate is [...]

2017-08-28T16:19:29+00:00 August 28th, 2017|News|

CIC: the epicenter of “The ArkLa-Tech Boom”

If you want to see the future of the Arklatex economy, come to the Cyber Innovation Center, and see it through the eyes of Craig Spohn, its Executive Director. "At the foundational level, we are wanting to diversify the local economy," he says, as he sits in his office inside CIC and surveys [...]

2017-07-24T18:47:36+00:00 July 24th, 2017|News|

LA Tech to open to academic, research center in Bossier’s cyber park

Louisiana Tech University has partnered with the Cyber Innovation Center to establish a new Academic Success Center in the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) STEM Building at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City. This facility will enable Louisiana Tech to enhance educational services, provide cyber education and research, support economic development and engage [...]

2017-07-14T20:35:08+00:00 July 14th, 2017|News|

Cyber industry taking notice of Bossier City

  Bossier City's cyber technology industry is on the cusp of a boom, and now a designation given to the Bossier Parish community college labels the school as a 'Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology' in North Louisiana. "We've got CSRA, we've got Century Link down the street we've got 3,000 cyber [...]

2017-07-03T14:55:27+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|News|

CSRA lands $498 million defense contract

CSRA, located on the Cyber Innovation Center campus in Bossier City, has been awarded a $498 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) milCloud 2.0, Phase 1. MilCloud is a cloud-services portfolio, managed by DISA, and is recognized by the defense industry as a coveted [...]

2017-06-29T15:13:54+00:00 June 29th, 2017|News|

Rise of the I-20 Technology Corridor

Northern Louisiana is known for its strong manufacturing, agriculture and health care sectors as well as its natural beauty and family-friendly atmosphere. However, the region is now nurturing a new and exciting sector — a booming information technology (IT) cluster that first took hold in 2001. This emerging sector is evolving into a powerhouse, generating buzz, connections [...]

2017-04-04T21:11:16+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Far From Silicon Valley, Emerging Tech Hub Pulls Workers To Northern Louisiana

Finding the right tech talent is hard no matter where you are. Finding it along Interstate 20 in northern Louisiana has been particularly challenging. Historically there have been few prominent employers to attract and anchor a consistent workforce along this mostly rural stretch that runs west through the small cities of Monroe, Ruston and Shreveport [...]

2017-03-24T17:59:25+00:00 March 24th, 2017|News|

With Hacking in Headlines, K-12 Cybersecurity Ed. Gets More Attention

Amid a steady drumbeat of reports on cyber-espionage and election-related hackings, lawmakers are wrestling with questions of how to best protect the country from digital threats and address a severe shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers. That means new attention for nascent efforts to support cybersecurity education, including in K-12 schools. The National Governors Association, eight [...]

2017-03-22T13:43:23+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Cyber Innovation Center featured at SXSWedu

Big opportunities and the national spotlight continue to shine on the Cyber Innovation Center and its National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). Thanks to their efforts in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); cyber; and computer science education, CIC was featured at the South By Southwest Edu (SXSWedu) Conference in Austin, Texas. Kevin Nolten, [...]

2017-03-21T17:56:06+00:00 March 21st, 2017|News|