Louisiana plans new cybersecurity center for threat response


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana is establishing a cybersecurity center in Baton Rouge that will include threat analysis and information sharing between state and federal agencies, industry experts and academics.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard announced the plans Tuesday. They said the center will be located in a coastal research campus near downtown Baton Rouge called the Water Campus.

The National Guard will work on the cybersecurity efforts with LSU research affiliate Stephenson Technologies and private defense contractor Radiance Technologies.

Edwards’ office says the center will support missions at Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base and be available to respond to cyberattacks on government agencies, schools and private businesses.

Louisiana will spend $2 million on the facility, to lease and build out the space.

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