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IBM and HCBU Cyber Centers to Address Talent Shortage

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IBM will develop a customized portal for each HBCU partner including courses to enhance cybersecurity education portfolios.

IBM will establish Cybersecurity Leadership Centers at six historically Black colleges and universities in five southern U.S. states aimed at training underrepresented communities, the company said.

The centers will give students, staff, and faculty access to modern technology, resources, and skills development, said Nikunja Swain, professor of the Computer Science and Mathematics Department at South Carolina State University.

"It will further enhance our ongoing activities on several key areas, including cybersecurity, data science analytics, cloud computing, IOT, blockchain, design thinking, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence," he said.

IBM said it also will provide faculty and students free access to multiple SaaS IBM Cloud environments.

The company plans more than 20 Cybersecurity Leadership Centers at historically Black colleges and universities nationwide.

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