Dakota State University will enhance its national reputation for cyber security research thanks to $60 million in new financial support. A $30 million gift from Denny Sanford, and Miles and Lisa Beacom will be leveraged with an additional $10 million from the State of South Dakota. Another $20 million in federal funds is being sought, bringing the total donation to $60 million.
The money will be used, in part, for a new building outfitted with a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility which will allow highly classified government and industry work to be done in Madison. It will also allow for more scholarships and bring 5G Internet service to the community. A second new building, called the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs) is projected to not only draw new businesses and grant opportunities to the state, but it will also position South Dakota as a key player in national defense through cyber security.
The financial backing will support the MadLabs building, and bring new programs to DSU, including a doctorate in cyber defense, bachelor's degrees in augmented intelligence, data science and cyber security and an associate degree in cyber security and intelligence.
“This is a major announcement for Madison and our whole region,” said Slater Barr, Sioux Falls Development Foundation president. “The national spotlight on DSU shows the quality of education in South Dakota, the innovations being created in our region and the opportunities available here. The growth of DSU cyber security programs aids economic and workforce development throughout South Dakota.”
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