Indiana Opens Security Operations Center

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A joint partnership aims to boost cybersecurity in the state. The new state of Indiana Security Operations Center opened Thursday at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, who chairs the Indiana Counterterrorism and Security Council, took part in the announcement.

Purdue says the SOC is a project of the new Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a joint mission of the Indiana Office of Technology, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana National Guard, Indiana State Police, Purdue, Intel Security and other private sector partners.

“We have seen repeatedly over the last several years that data and network security are vitally important. While it’s difficult to anticipate every potential threat to our networks, we must take every possible measure to be ready when attacks occur. This facility will significantly improve Indiana’s ability to defend Hoosiers’ information,” Ellspermann said.

The center is staffed by state employees and Purdue students who are part of the school's Pathmaker Internship Program. The SOC will operate from about 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Purdue officials say in the future they plan to operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

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