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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 13, 2021

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Toyo Garber, NCyTE Center Marketing & Communications Manager
TGarber@whatcom.edu
(360) 383-3176
https://www.ncyte.net/

NCyTE Center at Whatcom Community College announces partnership with Anvil Corporation

The National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE) at Whatcom Community College (WCC) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Bellingham branch of Anvil Corporation— an employee-owned business specializing in full-service engineering, design, procurement, and project management.

NCyTE will collaborate with Anvil to support the development of an Industrial Control Systems (ICS) cyber range at the Bellingham Anvil Corporation campus. The cyber range is made unique by its focus on industrial control systems security and will be available for use by WCC faculty and students, the team at NCyTE, and Anvil employees.

An ICS cyber range is an interactive simulation platform that allows users to gain hands-on experience with the practical cybersecurity skills necessary to protect and defend against challenges such as Industrial Control Systems cyberattacks. These hostile attacks can have many different results but often intend to cause shut down of a production plant, divert attention away from maliciously injected code, cause process malfunctions, or tamper with safeguards. Each of these attacks can have devastating impacts on production, supply chains and employee safety, among other things.

Whatcom Community College and Anvil will use the ICS cyber range to:

  • Enhance the WCC CIS/Cybersecurity program learning objectives for enrolled students;
  • Support capstone projects in the WCC Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in IT Networking-Cybersecurity program;
  • Provide Industrial Control Systems training for Anvil employees;
  • Create potential internship and employment connections between future WCC graduates and Anvil personnel;
  • Provide future professional development opportunities for WCC faculty and NCyTE constituents.

The NCyTE and Anvil partnership will also support the training and employment needs of the critical infrastructure industry sector in our region, and hopes to expand cybersecurity educational resources for other colleges and industries regionally, across Washington State, and nationally.

About NCyTE: The National Cybersecurity Training & Education (NCyTE) Center is funded by the National Science Foundation. NCyTE's mission is to increase the quantity and quality of the cybersecurity workforce throughout the nation. NCyTE Center is based in Bellingham, WA at Whatcom Community College. For more information visit www.ncyte.net.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top community colleges in the nation for student outcomes. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers two bachelor of applied science degrees, transfer degrees, career and workforce preparation, online courses, and community education classes. New high school graduates, laid-off workers, seasoned employees, future university students — all students count on WCC to support their academic and career goals. For more information, visit www.whatcom.edu.

About Anvil: Anvil is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm that provides full-multidiscipline engineering, design, project management, and procurement solutions for critical infrastructure. Our 400+ skilled employee-owners deliver safe, quality, efficient projects to clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. They work together to help our clients Engineer the Future of Energy.  Our 50-year history illustrates our long-term dedication to clients. Anvil is headquartered in Bellingham, WA and has branches in Anchorage, AK (Doyon Anvil), Billings, MT, Concord, CA, and Denver, CO. For more information on our services and solutions, please visit www.anvilcorp.com.

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