A product of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster, the new Cyber Security Lab at the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus has been opened recently.
Maine National Guard, Maine Emergency Management Agency as well as The Office of Information Technology are all members of the Cluster, which is a partnership between state executive branch agencies, state universities and private industry.
Welcoming the new lab's opening, Governor Paul R. LePage, said : "Cyber security is a fast-growing industry. The completion of the Cyber Security Lab will allow students to train for high-paying, in-demand jobs right here in Maine."
He added : "Cyber threats are a serious economic issue. The citizens of Maine trust the State with a massive repository of personal information. I am fully committed to protecting information in the State's custody from unauthorized use."
State of Maine Chief Information Officer Jim Smith who was present during the opening, said : "Maine already has measures in place to protect itself from cyber threats. However, with the growing threat of cyber attacks worldwide, it is critical that the State remains constantly vigilant about cyber security. Over the last three years, the Governor has enthusiastically supported our efforts to partner with other states, the National Guard, Maine Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security and private industry to protect the information of the citizens of the State of Maine."