Mission Health, Montreat College partner to train students in cybersecurity

Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health declared its intent to partner with Montreat (N.C.) College to collaborate on a cybersecurity program for undergraduate students, according to the Citizen-Times.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mission Health donated $25,000 to aid in the construction of a security operations center for students. The center will mirror similar corporate and government centers graduates will work in post-college. It will be located on college's main campus.

Montreat officials said the college will work with the National Security Agency and other government and private-sector companies to further develop the program.

“More biomedical devices are connecting to networks than ever, and these devices are subject to some of the same vulnerabilities that impact our computer systems today,” said Mission Health's Information Security Officer Jim Kelly in a statement. “The training Montreat can offer to students on these threats will help our health systems address and manage the risks associated with these devices.”

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