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CGA About To Open New Cyber Lab

by Stefanie Senkow
September 24, 2018

Cyber LabNEW LONDON, Conn. -- A state-of-the-art facility for the next generation cyber security workforce at the Coast Guard Academy will open soon. This fall, the Academy will start using a newly constructed Cyber Lab as it launches its new Cyber Systems major.

Slated for an October 13th ribbon-cutting ceremony, the 2,000 square-foot space will be home to three unique rooms – the cyber lab, server room and active learning classroom.

“The server room holds the network infrastructure to support cyber education and training. The cyber lab will allow cadets to study computing and cybersecurity courses and conduct diverse laboratory exercises. Adjacent to the lab is an active learning classroom that provides furniture and technology to encourage collaboration and engaged learning,” said CDR Kelly Seals, Section Chief of Electrical Engineering and Cyber Systems at the Academy.

In addition to touchscreen displays on the outer walls, the facility features a unique “wall of knowledge.”

“This will be a wall full of nine flat screen TV displays connected to each other with extensive state-of-the-art audio visual technology. This is a command center type of display that we can use for teaching, workshops, and cyber competitions,” said CDR Seals.

The Academy’s newly-appointed fourth class cadets of the class of 2022 are especially excited as they are the first group of cadets eligible to study the brand new Cyber Systems major.

“With hopes of using what I learn here at the Academy in my future career, I wish to apply the skills I acquire in the Cyber Systems major in the fleet. Whether I have the opportunity to join the Coast Guard Cyber Command or not, the opportunities that this field offers are endless,” said Fourth Class Cadet (4/c) Nick Epstein.