The Ohio Cyber Range Institute (OCRI) is an innovative and collaborative initiative that advances Ohio’s cybersecurity infrastructure while bolstering the state’s information technology talent pipeline.
“Securing the vitality of cyberspace is a national necessity," said OCRI co-director Richard Harknett, professor and head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. "Today, Ohio responds to that need.” Harknett is a leading cybersecurity expert and assisted the OCRI ribbon-cutting ceremony at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Harknett shares leadership responsibilities of the OCRI with Hazem Said, head of UC’s School of Information Technology, and Marc Cahay, head of UC’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The event drew an audience of about 150 attendees from state, military and academic institutions to the statehouse lobby for the event.
The OCRI, with network systems housed at UC on behalf of the state of Ohio, is a statewide tool that advances an integrated approach to education, economic and workforce development in cyber-related fields throughout the state. The platform includes K-20 educational programming; training opportunities, including incident response teams; industry workforce and economic development; cybersecurity research; and government agency support and programming for state and national priorities. The OCRI also supports the Ohio Cyber Civilian Reserve, a new state priority, as both a research and training partner.