George Washington University (GWU) announced on Monday that it will establish the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS.)
The facility will work in close partnership with the GW Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) and the GW Cybersecurity Initiative to conduct research and analysis of issues and obstacles the nation faces with regard to counter-terrorism, homeland and cyber security.
Its research agendas will be determined by four task forces: the Counter-terrorism Task Force, the Cybersecurity Task Force, the Homeland Security and Emerging Threats Task Force and the Preparedness and Infrastructure Task Force.
The center will be directed by Frank Cilluffo, former special assistant to the president for Homeland Security, and Christian Beckner, former senior staff member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The facility is also seeking corporate partnerships that would allow interested companies and enterprises to work alongside researchers in areas of security. In the announcement university representatives state that they are open to research specific to corporate partners.
The facility aims to become a leading, non-partisan research center that can provide independent analysis and research for the government and companies within this industry can better policy and products offered and provide valuable insight for the public and media as well.