Economic Development

UAlbany is an anchor institution regionally for cybesecurity education and research.  With eminent programs across three colleges, domain researchers, a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem including the UAlbany Blackstone Launchpad and Innovate518, proof-of-concept laboratories, and a new data center with the capacity to manage industry needs, UAlbany will work with regional public sector and economic development partners to build a cybersecurity innovation cluster to fuel economic growth.

Current Projects:

Title: Partnership to Advance Cybersecurity Education and Training (PACET)
Investigator: Sanjay Goel (PI)
Organization: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Program: NIST RAMPS
Amount: $197,085
Duration: 10/01/2016 – 12/31/2017
Proposed Work: Strengthen regional cybersecurity educational pipeline and workforce capacity based on industry needs.

PACET: With support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), UAlbany will build the Partnership to Advance Cybersecurity Education and Training (PACET). Working with NIST and regional education and industry partners, UAlbany will build clarified educational ladders, and workforce capacity regionally for a range of potential careers in cybersecurity, based on industry needs. Through PACET we will: 1) conduct a Regional Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Survey; 2) map UAlbany’s, and regional educational partner’s cybersecurity educational and training course programs to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework; 3) in partnership with NYSITS, develop CyberExplorers, a weeklong camp program in UAlbany’s Cyber Innovation Laboratory for High School students at Troy High School; 4) develop a regional Cybersecurity Stakeholders website; and 5) expand cybersecurity internship opportunities to qualified high school and college students.

Title:  Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center for University-Industry Technologies (CIRCUIT)
Investigator: Sanjay Goel (PI)
Organization: Economic Development Agency
Program: FY 2016 EDA University Center Economic Development Program Competition
Amount: $583,611
Duration: 08/01/2016 – 07/31/2021
CIRCUIT: With funding from the Economic Development Agency, UAlbany will build the Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center for University-Industry Technologies (CIRCUIT), working with regional public sector and economic development partners to foster cybersecurity innovation, public-private partnerships, and industry job growth throughout New York’s Capital District. CIRCUIT intends to build cybersecurity workforce capacity that is wide and inclusive, with diverse points of entry and paths to success. CIRCUIT’s targeted beneficiaries are: 1) cybersecurity researchers, with increased industry cohesion, and collaboration opportunities; 2) cybersecurity entrepreneurs and small businesses, with access to UAlbany’s entrepreneurial resources, and cyber innovation lab for product R&D; 3) information technology and cybersecurity students (2-year, 4-year and graduate level) with increased regional internship, networking, and employment prospects; 4) high school and community college students, particularly in distressed areas, with increased access to cybersecurity curricula, internship opportunities, and an articulated pipeline to a 4-year cybersecurity university program.