Cyber security is one of the nation’s most pressing economic and national security challenges – compounded by professional shortages. But the St. Louis business community is committed to supporting and building up the region as one of the U.S. top centers for cyber security innovation and education. To further the cause, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, members from the St. Louis Regional Chamber, REJIS, and TDK Technologies presented $30,000, or $7,500 each, in checks to the Midwest Cyber Center, T-Rex, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University to support their cyber security scholarship and programs funding.
The funding came from proceeds from the 2017 Gateway 2 CyberCity annual event held on November 2, 2017 at America’s Center. The event attracted over 350 cyber security professionals, students and entrepreneurs from across the country and featured leading presentations and discussions on critical cyber security threats and best practices. The one-day conference was organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Security Advisor Alliance, the Society for Information Management (St. Louis Chapter), and the St. Louis Chief Information Officer Board.
"The conference provides insight IT leaders can put into practice right away in the constant battle to protect their organizations against cyber threats," said Eric Gorham, Chief Information Officer at REJIS and Gateway to CyberCity Executive Committee representative. "The Giveback component of the conference, which this year provided $30,000 for local scholarships and program funding, is to promote and support St. Louis’ cyber security pipeline." St. Louis is home to such major cyber security players as Boeing, MasterCard, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Scott Air Force Base and World Wide Technology.
Cybersecurity is the protection of computer and technology systems from the theft and damage to their hardware, software or information, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Preventing cyber security attacks is difficult, especially as business systems become more complex and hackers rise to the challenge. The Midwest Cyber Center was founded in 2015 to address a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. It currently hosts an apprentice program in partnership with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE. T-Rex is home to the Midwest Cyber Center, as well as cyber security accelerator SixThirty CYBER, the Veterans Business Resource Center and a number of cybersecurity startups. UMSL and Webster both have coursework and programs dedicated to cyber security education and training.
“The Regional Chamber’s aims to be a catalyst for increased momentum in cyber security emerging trends and workforce development,” said Jim Alexander, St. Louis Regional Chamber Senior Vice President – Economic Development. “We want to drive proactive and innovative solutions to help keep St. Louis businesses ahead of the threat.”
|Left to right: Jim Alexander, Sr. VP. Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Denish Mirchandani, Ph.D., Professor & Chair of I.S., College of Business Administration, UMSL; David Kocs, Principal, TDK Technologies; Jarel Loveless, Assoc. Director Development, UMSL; Charles Hoffman, Dean, College of Business Administration, UMSL; Joseph Rottman, Professor of I.S., College of Business Administration, UMSL; Eric Gorham, CIO, REJIS; and Len Reynolds, Director Financial Services, St. Louis Regional Chamber. ||Left to right: Len Reynolds, Director Financial Services, St. Louis Regional Chamber; David Kocs, Principal, TDK Technologies; Patricia Hagen, Ph.D., President & Executive Director, T-REX; Jim Alexander, Sr. VP. Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; and Eric Gorham, CIO, REJIS. |
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|Left to right: Eric Gorham, CIO, REJIS; Kay Barnes, Development Director and Paul Fraizer, Cybersecurity Program Lead, Webster University Walker School of Business & Technology; David Kocs, Principal, TDK Technologies; Jim Alexander, Sr. VP. Economic Development and Len Reynolds, Director Financial Services, St. Louis Regional Chamber. ||Left to right: Len Reynolds, Director Financial Services, St. Louis Regional Chamber; David Kocs, Principal, TDK Technologies; Jim Alexander, Sr. VP. Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Tony Bryan, Executive Director, Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence; and Eric Gorham, CIO, REJIS. |