With cyber warfare becoming an ever-present threat upon our natural way of life in the 21st century, a brand new state of the art cyber warfare range is coming to Phoenix’s very own Grand Canyon University as the range will act as a cybersecurity operating station.
Grand Canyon University, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a non-profit organization that teams up with the FBI, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will aid county residents, businesses, and beyond. They will be combating these cyber crimes with the grand opening of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range- Metro Phoenix.
Aiming to fight off cyber attacks, GCU President, Brian Mueller says “Something related to cyber attacks is occurring every 39 seconds, and 6 trillion dollars anticipated in losses through 2021 by the threat of cyber warfare crimes”. “1 in 3 people have been directly affected by the Equifax hack,” said College of Science, Engineering & Technology (GCU) Dr. Heather Monthie, “and here in the U.S. online criminals steal 4 million records every day.”
Now GCU, ACTRA, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are joining forces in tackling the cybersecurity threat facing Arizona and beyond. From breaches to cyberstalking and spoofing, cyber crimes are costing individuals and companies alike enormously large sums per year. Frank Grimmelmann, CEO & President of ACTRA, says “The Cyber Warfare Range could contribute a solution.”
This 4,500 sq. Ft. range will be fully equipped with laptops, computer servers, and other equipment which will provide resources to anyone interested in cybersecurity gain practical training knowledge in code cracking, cloning key cards, breaking into sophisticated computer systems, and more. GCU will become one of the only universities in the nation to offer a master’s program in cybersecurity, leading to careers in cyber defense/operations, digital forensics, and legal/ethical issues. There are currently 30,000 cybersecurity job listings nationwide with 7,200 of those positions now available in Arizona. The median salary for a cybersecurity analyst is $92,600 annually.
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the program, please visit http://bit.ly/2BoBe3M for additional resources/information regarding the GCU program.