The Department of Defense (DoD) launched the DoD University Consortium for Cybersecurity (UC2) to facilitate communication between the Secretary of Defense and academia, and to fulfill an authorization law requirement 2020 National Defense Schedule, the DoD announced Jan. 10.
The National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) will serve as the UC2 coordination center. CIC faculty member Jim Chen will be the first director of the coordination center.
“As a member of DOD and academia, CIC is a natural hub for thought leadership on strategic cyber issues, and we are very pleased to serve as the UC2 coordinating hub,” said Cassandra Lewis, Chancellor of CIC, at the UC2 launch event on January 7.
UC2 already has its fair share of supporters within the DoD. David Frederick, executive director of US Cyber Command; Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, IOC director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and DoD Chief Technology Officer Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, all came to the launch event to show their support.
Shyu stressed the importance of not just focusing on large research universities and advocated collaboration with community colleges and historically black colleges and universities. “Diversity of ideas will create the best innovation,” she said.
The Center for Secure and Dependable Systems at the University of Idaho will serve as the support center for UC2.