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CTOC joins CyberWatch, Offers Government Compliance Course

June 21, 2016

The University of Idaho’s Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center (CTOC), became the first Idaho higher education institution to join the National CyberWatch Center in May.

CyberWatch is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses and government agencies focused on building and maintaining a stronger information assurance workforce. As a CyberWatch Center member, CTOC receives curriculum and lab resources, as well as opportunities to collaborate on curriculum development efforts.

“CTOC joined the National CyberWatch Center so that we could position ourselves as a resource for businesses and workforce training. The cybersecurity environment is always changing, so it’s important for us to stay current on and share best practices,” said Karen Thurston, CTOC director.

Now beginning its second year, the CTOC is based at UI Coeur d’Alene and offers a variety of training courses and seminars, including a certification preparation course for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential issued by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

CTOC also partners with commercial training organizations and the local Spokane Community Security Coalition, a nonprofit group chartered to increase the cybersecurity capabilities of the regional workforce. Nearly 200 individuals representing organizations from throughout Idaho and Washington have participated. Classes and workshops are held throughout the year in Boise, Post Falls, Moscow, Spokane, and other locations as requested.


Karen Thurston
CTOC Director

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