Cybersecurity program grows with generous gift

The Anderson University cybersecurity program just received a $250,000 gift from the Avis Foundation to help further pursue AU’s Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense (CSSCD). This gift was made to help expand and develop the impact of the CSSCD in its formative years. The grant will accelerate opportunities to increase student engagement, build reputation, and serve local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. 

The Avis Foundation has committed to give the full gift throughout a three-year span. With these gifts, the university plans to host an annual National Security and Cybersecurity Conference by 2021. By 2022, the gift will aid in providing audit and security support services to local/regional organizations. And finally, by 2023, the center will develop at least two simulations and walk at least four organizations through simulated data breaches, ransomware attacks, natural disasters, and other situations to assess readiness and use of best practices. These are just a few of the goals the grant will help the CSSCD to achieve. 

“The Avis Foundation is pleased to partner with Anderson University on community impact and student enrichment programs within its recently created Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense,” said Executive Director of theAvis Foundation, Marty Songer. “There is no doubt that the need for cyber security and defense is only going to increase. We believe AU is uniquely positioned to provide the education and experience needed for students to succeed in these critical areas of study.”

“We are honored by the generosity of the Avis Foundation and their investment in our growing cybersecurity program and our new Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense,” said AU President John Pistole. “This grant will help us provide timely assistance to small businesses, particularly non-profits, in this rapidly expanding field.”

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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