Ohio Speaker of the House, Ryan Smith, visited the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics at Tiffin University on August 28. During his visit, Speaker Smith learned about the Center and its partnership with the Ohio Partnership for Water, Industrial, and Cyber Security (OPWICS).
A $1 million proposal by OPWICS was approved earlier this year. The partnerships of Tiffin University (Criminal Justice and Cyber Defense), Heidelberg University (National Center for Water Quality Research) and Terra State Community College (Cyber Security Education) will use this money to create academic programming and robust field experiences. The understanding will push Tiffin, Fremont, and northwest Ohio into the forefront of cyber and water security, at the national and global level.
Tiffin University’s Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics will use the $200,000 grant, which also incorporates the RAPIDS 3.0 grant, to develop a cyber lab focusing on industrial control system cyber security. Additionally, the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics will conduct onsite and regional training in industrial control system cyber security with the Industrial Automation and Control System Cyber-Trainer. This will provide companies with hands-on experience with both attacking and defending an industrial control system environment. Learners will be able to test security design, security policy and security configuration in a highly interactive and safe way.This will allow both students and professionals the opportunity to see how cyber-attacks are launched, how they work, why they work and mitigation strategies that may be used before, during and after an attack.