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Auburn University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner to address nation’s cyber security needs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has announced a formal collaborative agreement between the university’s Cyber Initiative and Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will focus resources and expertise on security issues in the cyber domain. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the U.S. Department of Energy system.

The increasing complexity of technology and critical infrastructure requirements for cyber security has created an urgent demand for the development of information transfer, storage and security solutions across the nation. Also, the number of cyber-based threats and attacks affecting government, industry and financial institutions are increasing at an exponential rate. In response, UT-Battelle, the management contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Auburn University have agreed to collaborate on programs and projects that address these critical issues.

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Auburn University taps former US Defense Intelligence chief to lead security and cyber initiatives

Lt. Gen. Ron BurgessAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, a 38-year U.S. Army veteran who spent much of his career in the upper levels of military intelligence and security, will join Auburn University as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. His appointment begins Dec. 1.

A 1974 Auburn graduate, Burgess served as director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009 until July 2012, prior to his retirement from the Army in September. At Auburn he will work in coordination with the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research, providing guidance, direction and support to a broad range of interdisciplinary research initiatives.

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