This week the National Cyber Intelligence Center’s board of directors changed the center’s name and announced its nationally searching for the center’s CEO to reveal by the fall, according to city officials.
The board voted July 5 to change the name from the National Cyber Intelligence Center to the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) because of “competing usage” of the NCIC acronym, Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson, interim director of the center, said in a July 7 press release.
Partners of the NCC include UCCS, the military, private sector, and state, federal and local governments. The center will be housed at 3650 N. Nevada Ave., a 135,000-square-foot building owned by UCCS and formerly the TRW manufacturing plant.
“Our work in getting this brand new National Cybersecurity Center off the drawing board is on pace,” Anderson said. “Our new name clearly states our intent to be the country’s leading center on cybersecurity response, education, research and development and training.”
According to the release, the intent for the center is to respond to cyber attacks, train government and private company leaders to respond to workforce development and research, and carry out goals of cybersecurity legislation (HB16-1453) passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Hickenlooper in May.
“I’m extremely pleased that we’re bringing the National Cybersecurity Center to Colorado Springs,” UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told the Business Journal last week. “Cybersecurity is a global issue that is not going away and the opportunity to have the university with degree programs, training, new business attraction and research is such a catalytic factor because it spins off into every industry in the community and has ways of growing the economic and social culture. It’s going to take a while to get it fully off of the ground but we’ve made enormous progress in a short period of time.”