UMA’s New Cyber Range Makes State a ‘National Leader’
The University of Maine in Augusta (UMA), a Council member, has opened the Maine Cyber Range to train their students, as well as Maine residents and businesses, to get ahead of fast-changing cyber threats. The training center’s curriculum will prepare learners to fill hundreds of thousands of needed cyber security positions across the U.S.
UMA partnered with CyberBit, a global cyber range firm, to develop their training center. Chief Operating Officer of CyberBit, Gilad Weitman said the partnership would be a “game changer for the state of Maine and New England,” adding that the U.S. is short 300,000 cyber security professionals trained to respond to a modern attack, and at least 14,000 are needed in New England. UMA’s Maine Cyber Range will train students and professionals with the exact same tools they would use in the work place. UMA President Rebecca Wyke noted that cybersecurity is the fastest growing program at the University and the new training center is a continuation of that growth. Senator Angus King of Maine attended the Cyber Range opening to commend UMA for being at the forefront of teaching cybersecurity as “it is not something every college in America is doing.”
“The opening of this training center continues UMA’s mission of providing quality educational opportunities that help fill workforce needs with well-trained graduates for in-demand, highly skilled positions,” said President Wyke.
The Council commends UMA for being a national leader in training cyber security professionals.