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At a time when hospitals, universities, and governments are confronting serious cybersecurity threats and incidents, the US Department of Defense has unveiled its new hub to facilitate two-way exchanges on strategic cybersecurity issues with academic players across the nation. 

Looking for a “diversity of ideas,” DOD’s new University Consortium for Cybersecurity (UC2) is positioned to help defense leaders directly engage with colleges and historically Black universities and colleges, as well as larger research universities.

The establishment of the consortium traces back to a section in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020, which requires the Defense secretary to stand one or more consortia of universities to assist the department on cybersecurity matters, according to defensesystems.com.

The National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace, or CIC, is serving as the consortium’s coordination center. Among UC2’s key partners are the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence Community and U.S. Cyber Command.