Cyber Security Initiative Launches

Prepared remarks 

Welcome.  We are excited to launch SC Cyber.  This is an impressive consortium that will advance our state's reputation as a place where cybersecurity is understood, is practiced and is being advanced. For the past six years, the University of South Carolina has had the only NSA Center of Academic Excellence in our region.  We have been partnering with South Carolina's industry, government and other academic leaders who share our vision for the future. This announcement is a quantum step beyond what we have been able to do to date.

SC Cyber will also provide something we don't do well today—not in South Carolina or anywhere in America really—link technology to policy and law, so that our nation is better prepared to address the threats of today and those that we can't imagine...those that will come tomorrow. 

Economic opportunity has been outlined by Governor Haley. With our partners USC will come out of the "ivory tower" to provide best practices to those working in companies and in South Carolina government on critical topics of threat analysis, security management and infrastructure protection.  IT and security officials simply must know how to navigate in a cyber threatened world.  SC Cyber will also provide something we don't do well today—not in South Carolina or anywhere in America really—link technology to policy and law, so that our nation is better prepared to address the threats of today and those that we can't imagine...those that will come tomorrow. 

I won't weigh in on the controversy between Apple and the United States Government, but suffice it to say that this is the tip of a very important iceberg. We want to work with everyone and are proud to be working with the Citadel, Clemson, the College of Charleston and our state's technical colleges.  We also want to work with Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman to bring the news that jobs will be increasingly available in this field to students who are now in the K-12 sector.  

At USC, SC Cyber will promote an expanding and deepening curriculum for our own students and will increase internship opportunities. We know that students with internships are more likely to get job offers in the fields in which they intern so it's extremely beneficial for the South Carolina college population to graduate with comprehensive training in cybersecurity, coupled with having had practical experience in the field. 

Finally, we will work with our partners to provide the spark for new business development.  Businesses that take an idea, germinate it in state, incubate it, accelerate it and bring a new technology to market could provide benefits worldwide and employ and engage people locally.  I'm proud that USC will serve as the epicenter of this important work and I will personally pledge to do all I can to leverage today's announcement to create a platform whereby the Palmetto State will be known as the "go to" state for training, consultation and research and development in cybersecurity.  This consortium represents the best of higher education, businesses and government coming together to move our state forward.