Each university maintains nationally recognized programs in the science of cybersecurity. The alliance will allow the universities to share individual expertise to propel advances in the expanding field, while preparing students for their future careers.
Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, have joined forces to form the North Coast Cyber Research and Training Alliance. Each university maintains nationally recognized programs in the science of cybersecurity. The alliance will allow the universities to share individual expertise to propel advances in the expanding field, while preparing students for their future careers.
The agreement to jointly develop cybersecurity education, research, and training programs in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania will leverage the unique combination of strengths of the three schools:
- Cyber regulatory and policy analysis at Cleveland State University’s Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection
- Cyber engineering and hardware solutions at Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering
- Cyber intelligence threat analysis and analytics at Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences
Launched in 2015, Cleveland State University’s Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection integrates technical, legal, and business perspectives to address privacy and cyber-risk management concerns. The Center conducts research in numerous aspects of cyber law and policy, houses multiple professional training programs, and offers concentrations in cybersecurity and privacy.
“We are pleased to contribute our strengths in legal technology and policy to the new alliance,” said Lee Fisher, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law. “The collaboration will prepare students for a cyber workforce in which complex problems will need to be solved at the intersection of disciplines and sectors.”
The Case School of Engineering is ranked one of the top engineering schools in the nation, and has a 125-year history of excellence in research, education, and innovation. The school recently led the launch of the university’s Internet of Things initiative—the Institute for Smart, Secure, and Connected Systems—which leverages the institution’s strengths in sensors and electronics, networks and communications, systems and control, data science and analytics, and other related technology fields to lead specific initiatives in data science, cybersecurity, networks, embedded systems, and more.
"The multi-disciplinary collaboration between Mercyhurst, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University provides the complementary expertise required to address complex cybersecurity concerns across a variety of application areas," said Ken Loparo (pictured right), the Nord Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve.
Named after Erie native Tom Ridge, 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and first Secretary of Homeland Security, the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University brings together complementary academic disciplines that stress critical thinking, data analysis, and collaborative decision-making. The university is constructing new, high-tech cyber facilities on campus, thanks to an infusion of $1 million by Cleveland-based national technology company, MCPc.
“In establishing partnerships with academic and corporate entities, we can harness the power and resources of multiple sectors to achieve the scale and quality of opportunities that best serve our students and society in general,” said Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor.