Russellville may be ground zero for the future of cybersecurity in the state. Arkansas Tech University has launched a new cybersecurity lab that is aimed at preparing students to enter the in-demand industry.
The new cybersecurity lab will be located on the first floor of ATU’s Corley Hall. The space will feature a dedicated server room, as well as “pods” to allow for activities such as hackatons.
On July 30, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who helped secure funding for the project, toured the new lab.
“This is so critical, what you are doing at Arkansas Tech, for our state,” continued Hutchinson. “We have to produce professionals in cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, software engineering and electrical engineering. We must have these graduates because otherwise we are going to lose companies and be unable to attract companies. It is so beneficial to us.”
The cybersecurity program at Arkansas Tech University is housed within the Department of Computer and Information Science. This department offers degrees in computer science, information systems, information technology and cybersecurity, as well as associate degrees in cybersecurity and information technology and computer science for teacher licensure.