MERC focuses in on Cybersecurity

Augusta, Georgia (Nov 07, 2016) MERC attended the Cyber Georgia@ Augusta University Cyber Summit conference on October 12-13, 2016.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Augusta University conducted this conference to foster dialogue between government, industry and academia on critical cybersecurity issues.

cyber-georgiaThe keynote speaker for this event was Mr. John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His speech included information on the many cyber threats we face today as a nation/society and the need to share awareness and data across local/state/federal agencies.

One of the key take aways from the conference was how industry, government, and academia can partner to educate today’s youth on what cyber really means through STEM education.

Key needs are to produce more cybersecurity graduates for the workforce, broaden the levels and types of talent provided (i.e. engineering, policy, and research) and magnify why cybersecurity experts are critical in providing protection to our financial, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure sectors.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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