About the Center for Security Technology

Cybersecurity is the science and practice of protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our electronic resources that our national economy depends upon. Identity theft has been problematic; however, the evolving concern of Critical Infrastructure Protection is appearing on the White House radar as a significant issue of national security and economic importance. So much so, that cybersecurity is deemed a national priority by the Obama administration, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2009, the White House introduced the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), a strategic document which outlines a comprehensive research, educational, and outreach plan necessary to fortify our nation’s electronic infrastructure. President Obama has requested greater investment in Cybersecurity:

We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power and our water. We rely on them for public transportation and air traffic control. But just as we failed to invest in our physical infrastructure – our roads, our bridges and rails – we've failed to invest in the security of our digital infrastructure…We must do better.
Source: President Obama, May 29, 2009

The state of South Dakota has indicated that information technology is a priority for economic development. Also, South Dakota EPSCoR has determined that Cybersecurity is a research priority, while the city of Sioux Falls has documented that data assurance in the financial and healthcare sectors is an economic development priority.

Last Updated: 8/1/12