It was announced on Friday that Telenor and the Norwegian Defence Research Department (FFI) join forces to fund a professorship at the Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS), which opens at Gjøvik University College on August 15. In addition, the County Committee in Oppland has decided to support CCIS with 13 million kroner.
Telenor and FFI are two of several partners who are contributing in establishing CCIS at GUC. They will now fund a professorship in information security. Telenor states in a press release that the establishment of CCIS is very important to strengthen development of specialist qualifications, research capacity, education and recruitment within information security. They consider it important to be part of this effort.
Leading in the field
It is a challenge to recruit and train people in the field of cyber and information security. CCIS will establish itself as a leader in this field, both in Norway and internationally. Not least, the center will help to lift the position of “Innlandet”. The County Committee in Oppland will therefore contribute three million kroner for operation and development in the first three years, and one million kroner annually for ten years to cover a professorship.
- It's great that Oppland County, Telenor and FFI actively participates in the center, says Nils Kalstad Svendsen, head of the Norwegian Information Security Laboratory at GUC. They are resilient and forward leaning organizations that make a difference.
Telenor is provider of all types of electronic communications. Information security is a target field in their efforts to protect their customers. FFI is Norway's central institution for defense-related research and development, an important task for them is to look at the challenges related to information security. Together they have identified common areas of interest. They will in the long term strengthen national expertise by cooperating on academic research in information security. They choose to do this by supporting CCIS at GUC.
- CCIS is unique, says Svendsen. It’s a partner based and partner-funded center linking research, education and applications close together. This is a mutual effort to address the long-term challenges of security and privacy that digitization of all parts of our society and our economy creates.