Informatics gets boost in research capabilities with equipment donation
Integrated Computer Solutions, a Montgomery-based information security and technology consulting firm, recently donated approximately $70,000 in cutting-edge computer equipment to the Informatics Institute to help further the institute’s research mission.
The Informatics Institute was founded in 2008 to foster research and education in the field of automation of information processing in diverse scientific fields and assurance sciences. The institute recently became a degree-granting entity as a part of the School of Sciences.
The equipment donated by ICS includes enterprise-class servers and storage and network security appliances.
According to Dr. Mehmet Sahinoglu, the institute’s director, this equipment will be an excellent addition to the institute’s facilities.
“The cyber-security related equipment will be used to set up prototype laboratory ambiance as a support system to the forthcoming grant prospects,” said Sahinoglu.
"The institute’s goals and those of ICS are well aligned around developing the skills and capabilities of students wanting to become IT professionals. Therefore, the donation was a natural extension to achieving this shared objective,” said ICS President Steve Goldsby on why his company chose to make such a large contribution to the institute.
“Additionally, as the institute was recently elevated to a degree program, we know that the equipment donated will be put to great use by the institute as it prepares students to become leaders in the field of information and network security," Goldsby said.
The institute’s Master of Science in Cybersystems and Information Security program will offer instruction and research opportunities that provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess, develop and manage secure information networks and respond to newly developed threats. Recent cyber attacks in both the domestic and international arenas suggest that cyber security will continue to be a regional, national and global concern.
“The CSIS students will benefit from ICS’ donation in their lab experience when the program starts in 2010,” said Sahinoglu. “The Informatics Institute staff extends their sincere appreciation to ICS, and specifically Mr. Goldsby, for this generous donation.”
Dec. 10, 2009