MWC’s Jim Dyke Comments on Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

December 19, 2018

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McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor Jim Dyke commented on new cyber initiative in a Dec. 16 story on Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s website.

The article noted that the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) recently accepted the blueprint for the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) – a network of cyber research, innovation and learning created by connecting Virginia’s public universities, community colleges and businesses. Jim is a member of the VRIC and served on the CCI blueprint executive committee.

“To make Virginia a national leader in the new cybereconomy, we must be bold in building on and coordinating our existing strengths across the commonwealth, while also establishing new programs,” Jim said. “The blueprint notes that CCI success is enhanced by political and business leaders also addressing key pipeline issues, such as early childhood education, business engagement with and advocacy for K-12 education reform, and encouraging more women and minorities to enter the cyber, IT arena.”

Anchored by Virginia Tech, CCI will combine researchers, innovators, students, entrepreneurs and others focused on cyber-physical system security, 5G communications and machine learning. Regional nodes will exist across Virginia and each will be led by a higher education institution.