Purdue to become home to Indiana cybersecurity center

Indiana state officials say Purdue University will become home to a new cybersecurity operations center.

The center will be the new steward of Indiana's data, The Journal and Courier of Lafayette reported. Details will be announced Thursday.

Graig Lubsen, communications and marketing director for the Indiana Office of Technology, said the center will be located at Purdue Research Park and staffed by students, faculty, and state and corporate partners.

The center will be the first hub of the Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Indianapolis. The center is public-private partnership among the state, Purdue University and Intel Security.

The center is expected to monitor and defend state systems and networks from cyberattacks. It will also help Indiana recruit and retain top young talent in the field of cybersecurity.

About a dozen part-time jobs will be created. University spokesman Steve Tally said that number could grow.

The plan is to build a pipeline of students who can enter government and gain experience in cybersecurity activities while still in school.

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