Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (4th District) and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC) sponsored the Missouri Procurement Conference on Tuesday, October 12th at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Missouri. There were over 150 in attendance representing roughly 100 different businesses and organizations.
The MCCoE consisting of Dr. McMurtrey and Wes Hester (Left side) leads a panel of small business owners who have been successful in working with with the federal government and addressed Cybersecurity issues facing our nation.
The Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (MCCoE) headquartered in Springfield, MO, was part of a team that was awarded a $300M, five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), to provide cybersecurity services to the Department of Education (ED), Federal Student Aid (FSA), Cybersecurity and Privacy Support Services (CPSS). This BPA is a critical component in safeguarding and protecting the critical and sensitive information stored on and in FSA systems and networks. This award adds to the already strong relationship between ED and the MCCoE.
Under this contract, the MCCoE will provide cybersecurity and privacy support services for the ED Federal Student Aid (FSA) and the ED Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO). These services will include: implementation of cybersecurity policies; protection for organizational information technology enterprise infrastructures; and protection from unauthorized access of sensitive U.S. citizen data. Additionally, we will provide fully functional and highly resilient cybersecurity capabilities to ensure continuous monitoring that will effectively identify, assess, manage, and mitigate risk through the protection of systems and information. Areas of support on this BPA include, but are not limited to: Cybersecurity Risk Management and Compliance; Information Systems Security Services; Cybersecurity Operations; Software Capability Development; Security Architecture Support; Security Engineering; and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation.
"This award underscores our strong growth and proven performance leveraging our innovate, technical excellence in Cyber Security and DevSecOps for Department of Education, DHS and DoD." said Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, Steering Committee Member. "We are excited and looking forward to supporting FSA in its critical, national mission."
One hundred and fifty nine Missouri high school students from across the state competed in the inaugural Missouri High School Cyber Security Challenge. The top ten teams competed in the finals round, and were honored by Gov. Mike Parsons during the MOREnet Annual Conference on October 9.
The winning team was St. John Vianney High School.
Each team member received:
• Scholarship offer from Drury University (set amount renewable for 4 years)
• Scholarship offer from Lindenwood University (set amount renewable for 4 years)
• Scholarship offer from University of Missouri- Columbia (set amount renewable for 4 years)
• One-year subscription to StormWind cyber security training
• $5000 grant toward school’s cyber security program
The second place team was the Renegades from Summit Technology Academy from Lee’s Summit School District. They each received a scholarship offer from University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. (One time) and the school received a $3000 grant toward the school’s cyber security program.
The third place team was MID also from Summit Technology Academy from Lee’s Summit. They each received a scholarship offer from University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. (One time) and the school received a $2000 grant toward the school’s cyber security program.
4th place, and just out of prizes was the team from Kickapoo High School in Springfield.
By competing in this challenge, students learn skills like how to detect and create network vulnerabilities, giving them the knowledge of how to keep networks safe. This experience also prepares them to face future challenges on the job.
As a part of the University of Missouri System, MOREnet provides technology services to over 700 members including K-12 schools, other higher education institutions and public entities such as libraries and local government. They initiated this statewide event in order to provide opportunities for talented students to strengthen Missouri’s workforce and develop a brighter future for the state that is facing a shortfall of cybersecurity skilled workers.
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