AU To Host Ribbon Cutting and Demonstration for CSSCD

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Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University will unveil its Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense (CSSCD) with a ribbon cutting and demonstration Tuesday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in Decker Hall. 

“We are grateful to Lilly Endowment, the Avis Foundation, and others who have supported the creation of the CSSCD,” said Jen Hunt, vice president for advancement. “This center allows us to provide relevant, experiential learning for our students in a growing field. In addition, being able to provide cyber security audits to local nonprofits aligns with our mission to serve the community.”

The CSSCD was established through a $1 million Lilly Endowment Grant to support both the mission of Anderson University’s security studies program and the surrounding community. Further support for the center’s mission was generously provided by the Avis Foundation in the form of a $250,000 grant.

“What excites me the most about the capabilities of the CSSCD are the opportunities that it creates for the students in the Anderson University National Security and Cybersecurity program,” said David Dungan, executive director of the Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense. “The students will now have the environment and technology that will allow them to hone real-world skills in a real-world environment, while providing information security and cyber security services to traditionally underserved communities, businesses and organizations.”

The CSSCD supports the mission of Anderson University’s security studies program to develop a pipeline of graduates with excellent technical skills, strong Christian ethics, and a desire to serve on the front lines in defending the nation, our communities, and institutions from threats, foreign and domestic, in both the physical and cyber realms. 

The program consists of interdisciplinary majors in cybersecurity and national security, designed to help students develop an understanding of security policy (national, homeland, and cyber), technical skills through experiential learning, and a set of professional ethics from a Christian faith perspective.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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