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Buchanan cybersecurity pilot program first in U.S.

Staff report • Feb 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM

GRUNDY — The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority’s recent closure on a $509,895 grant to the Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority to implement a cybersecurity pilot initiative will be the first location in the U.S. to launch the program geared toward rural areas.

The project will mentor students to learn network monitoring skills through an on-the-job training cooperative aimed at assisting small and medium manufacturers.

The Buchanan IDA will work with EWI, an engineering and technology company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, that develops, tests and implements advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

Since 1984, EWI has provided applied research, manufacturing support and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics, medical, energy, chemical, defense, government and heavy manufacturing sectors.

For the Buchanan County pilot program, EWI will partner with some of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts to staff the cooperative, mentor students and lead solution development for the small and medium manufacturers, the VCEDA said.

“We are pleased to be able to assist Buchanan County in landing this project. VCEDA has been marketing our region as Virginia’s e-Region for our focus on electronic information technology, energy, education and emerging technologies,” said VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel Jonathan Belcher.

“This program fits in very well with that strategy and shows that our region is a great place for advanced technology jobs.”

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