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UCCS part of new partnership to boost cyber defense in U.S.

The Gazette - The U.S. Army Reserve has formed a partnership with eight U.S. colleges and more than 20 defense contractors to train and provide continuing education for reservists who will defend against cyberattacks and hold full-time jobs with the contractors.

More than 50 representatives from the schools, military and industry are meeting at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs through Wednesday to hammer out details on how the education program will work between UCCS and the seven other colleges, all of which are near Army units that focus on cyber defense.

The Cyber Private Public Partnership - also known as Cyber P3i - was formed in February when the Army Reserve, the colleges and several defense contractors signed a memorandum of understanding.

"This really puts us on the map to have an Army Reserve program operating here," said Andy Merritt, chief defense industry officer for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. "It's going to be a model nationally for the intersection between the military, academia and industry to address cyber workforce needs. It makes a lot of sense for the military to conduct cyber activities through the reserves, since cyber warriors can make far more in industry. This allows them to stay in the military and work in industry."

Improving cybersecurity has become increasingly urgent in the wake of high-profile data breaches involving retailers, entrainment giants, insurers and financial institutions. The program's goal is to boost soldiers' skills, education and training to prevent attacks on military and civilian computer networks.

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Wayne Heilman. "UCCS part of new partnership to boost cyber defense in U.S." The Gazette. 22 April 2015. Web. 5 May 2015.