University of Akron receives $200000 gift for new cybersecurity simulation lab

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new cybersecurity testing lab will allow University of Akron students to practice protecting networks from potential threats. 

UA is the only university in Ohio to offer an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity. The university, using a $200,000 grant from the Timkin Foundation in Canton, will renovate 2,000 square feet to include 30 workstations and a control station.

“We understand the critical importance of keeping our manufacturing infrastructure protected from cyber intrusions,” said foundation chairman Ward Timken in a press release. “The creation of an industrial control system testbed, as one of the few of its kind in the country, helps achieve this goal through threat exercises and learning in simulated manufacturing environments.”

An industrial control system “testbed” would simulate networks similar to those used to operate factories and other automated processes.

Businesses and students would use the program to figure out how to best address or prevent different types of threats without having to

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