An organization formed three years ago to introduce young people to the world of cybersecurity has changed its name.
Midwest Cyber Center now is known as CyberUp, said its Executive Director Tony Bryan, and now bases its operations in the T-Rex building in downtown St. Louis. The organization still works closely with interests in Southwestern Illinois, where it began three years ago next to Scott Air Force Base.
Bryan said community leaders came together with a vision for one organization to lead workforce development and in particular cybersecurity. Scott AFB, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, Southwestern Illinois College and Uncomn, recognized the availability of talent in the region was diminishing and something needed to be done to close the cybersecurity skills gap by training new workers and inspiring future ones.
Bryan said the group is committed to be tailor services to meet the needs of both candidates and the companies it serves.
“We are proud of our regional roots and feel fortunate for the national recognition we have received from groups like the Department of Labor and New America. We hope our growth brings a positive light to the amazing collective work of our community,” he said.
The name change came about as recognition of a change in the organization’s work.
“While planning for 2019, it became clear our work has evolved beyond the concept of a center and our mission needed a brand reflective of the future of the organization. We were not sure what this looked like exactly, but knew we wanted a name our apprentices get excited about when they talk about their career journey,” a release said. “We wanted a logo our company partners would be proud to promote. We wanted a brand that can grow with us as we continue to shake up cybersecurity hiring best practices. “
In addition to a new name, CyberUp has established a larger physical presence in Downtown T-Rex.
“Our new office and workforce training center located at 911 Washington Ave., Suite 170, will allow us to train even more students and become a hub for cybersecurity learning,” a release said.
“We still actively support our partners in Illinois and the Scott Air Force Base community, but T-Rex has always served as the hub for our work. The central location of downtown and accessibility of public transportation makes it ideal for our mission,” Bryan said.
To learn more visit wecyberup.org, or call at (314) 764-5419.