Ivy Tech Columbus & Indiana National Guard Celebrate New Cyber Academy

High Tech Training – The Republic

Staff Reports: May 23, 2018

A new partnership that will train civilians and soldiers in cyber security has opened its doors to area residents to provide information about a career path that aids in the defense of the country.

Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana National Guard are partnering on an 11-month program, the Ivy Tech Muscatatuck Cyber Academy, which allows students to earn an associate degree in cyber security. Classes will be taught at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, located in Butlerville in Jennings County, where cyber warfare training is a part of the readiness exercises performed at an installation that resembles a small town.

“This is a one-of-a-kind-course,” said Randy Proffitt, Ivy Tech vice chancellor of enrollment services. “This is the first of its kind and there is nothing like it in the nation and probably not even in the world.”

Civilians were welcomed to “Cybertropolis” during a May 5 open house at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC). It allowed attendees to learn more and apply for the program that will begin in August.

MUTC is an ideal site for the cyber security program because of what the unique facility offers, said Capt. Jesse Bien, spokeswoman for the Indiana National Guard.

“We are often called ‘Cybertropolis’ because Muscatatuck has a real-world environment designed to train for a response to a virtual war threat,” Bien said. “We now have to train for what is called total war. Almost all of our civilian community’s vital systems are computerized now and are subject to attack by virtual hackers. We must train people to prevent, defend and counter those attacks.”

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