UWO Opens New Cybersecurity Center

UWO Opens New Cybersecurity Center

The University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (UW Oshkosh) has opened a new cybersecurity center.

The Cybersecurity Center of Excellence was delivered in partnership with the Wisconsin Cyber Threat Response Alliance (WICTRA), a Madison-based nonprofit information technology and services organization.

Sited in the Culver Family Welcome Center on the university's Oshkosh campus, the Center of Excellence will support research, training, and outreach in the field of cybersecurity among both university students and Wisconsinites.

Among the new center's features are classrooms, a training lab, a small data center, and a live-fire cyber range that allows users to take on threats facing the cybersecurity industry today within a controlled learning environment.

Michael Patton, UW Oshkosh information systems lecturer and the director of the new center, said that the new facility's goal was to demystify cybersecurity for students and the wider Oshkosh community.

“There is no Wisconsinite today who doesn’t have a cyber presence – from a Facebook account to your banking information. And yet, to most people, cybersecurity is this mysterious, specialized body of knowledge that they hope ‘the experts’ are taking care of for them,” said Patton.

“In reality, cybersecurity is more like automotive knowledge: You may not know how all of

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