Montreat College recently completed work on its Cybersecurity Operations Teaching Lab. The new lab allows Montreat cybersecurity students to learn and train in a cutting-edge facility which mirrors the cybersecurity workspace in leading corporate and government environments. It will also help students prepare for National Cyber League and Collegiate Cyber Defense competitions. The lab was made possible by a generous gift from Mission Health, who has teamed with Montreat College to develop cybersecurity professionals who have both technical expertise and the ethical framework necessary to become leaders in the cybersecurity field, as well as other generous gifts.
“Montreat College is committed to developing ethical leaders to help solve the cybersecurity problems faced in corporate and government environments,” said Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer. “And the new Cybersecurity Operations Teaching Lab mirrors the kind of Security Operations Centers our graduates will work in.”
The Cybersecurity Operations Teaching Lab is located in the college’s Belk Student Center and is housed on its own isolated network, featuring 100 Mbps of dedicated network bandwidth, 15 student workstations with dual 1080p 23″ monitors, and five 60″ overhead monitors, as well as group conference tables and blackboards. A preview of the newly-completed lab was made available to attendees of the college’s RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference on October 21, including U.S. Senator Richard Burr and other government officials. And an open house was held on November 2.
“Cybersecurity has rapidly become one of the nation’s greatest national security threats, thereby creating a tremendous need in the market for a deeper understanding of the problem, and for qualified workers to address it,” said President Maurer. “Montreat College brings a unique perspective to the dialogue because we see cybersecurity as more than a technical problem. The solution requires educating people of character to be the leaders to address this problem. While our students acquire strong technical skills, they are also taught the ethics of cybersecurity and the ability to communicate with and lead the teams they work with.”