The US Naval Academy Foundation received a gift from Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, to support the Naval Academy’s Center for Cyber Security Studies 2015 Fall Cyber Lecture series.
Leidos said in an announcement that, “The gift supports the center’s series of three to five lectures throughout the academic year, which are open to the Brigade of Midshipmen, government employees and a limited number of guests. These events are a critical component of the Academy’s efforts to become a national leader in cyber security education—a vital objective in a global environment where cyber security and cyber warfare have emerged as key mission areas for the Navy and Marine Corps.”
“It is a widely held belief that our next war will begin not on land, sea or in the air, but in the networks that tie so many of our information, financial and defense systems together,” said John Rudder, senior director of development at the Naval Academy Foundation. “Our Navy and Marine Corps officers must be prepared to fight and win in this new theater. Growing the Center for Cyber Security Studies is essential to the academy’s pursuit of its mission. The center’s lecture series brings national and global leaders in cyber expertise to the yard, greatly enhancing the brigade’s understanding of these topics and enriching the dialogue on these issues within the Academy community and beyond. We are grateful for Leidos’s support of this important endeavor.”
The Center for Cyber Security Studies strives to educate all midshipmen in areas of cyber defense and warfare, facilitate the sharing of cyber expertise and perspectives, provide a streamlined means of identifying priorities, enhance interdisciplinary cyber research, disseminate information, harmonize efforts and shape a common framework for cyber-related efforts.
“Leidos is excited to expand our longtime support to the US Naval Academy,” said Charlie Kanewske, DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) Program Director at Leidos. “We look forward to working with the Center for Cyber Security Studies to further advance their world-class education and efforts to address the evolving cyber security challenges facing our nation today.”
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