The Cyberdome: a collaborative hub for competency-based training, with the mission of reducing risk and producing a cybersecurity workforce, in sync with Idaho’s business, technology and government sectors.
Building a holistic environment for competency-based learning in cybersecurity is the ground floor in workforce development efforts and leads to tool innovation and research opportunities. By coupling these with a cybersecurity service base for state organizations, we cut cost and time to implement, provide force-multiplying staff, and create a scalable operational model upon which new service methods and tools can be built over time. By leveraging public cloud providers, we achieve scale and elasticity without increasing capital costs. Further, a cloud provider enables the goal that all Idaho universities and colleges can participate, collectively, to the betterment of the whole state. This will be achieved by having regional training Security Operation Centers (SOCs) with the Cyberdome as the coordinating / advanced SOC. This model builds resiliency and also enables more pathways for learners.
Ultimately the Cyberdome meets all requested elements of the published IGEM-HERC intent & purpose, “development of expertise, products, and services which result in state economic growth.” • Expertise developed through enabling our Idaho students with real-world competency; • Products developed through commercialization of new methods (e.g., AI/ML, Training, etc), tools, and techniques; and
- Services delivered to SLTT clients in order to reduce risk.
The sum of these elements leads to strong workforce development, resulting in strong jobs and economic development / advancement for the state.