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Cybersecurity program at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus will expand economic opportunities in Coachella ValleyPalm Springs LifeMay 7, 2019 According to the research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, the position of chief information security officer commands a six-figure salary. The Coachella Valley stands poised to capitalize on this trending need of solutions. Opening this fall, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Palm Desert Digital iHub will host a cybersecurity program offered by the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino. That program could result in high-tech jobs that pay thriving wages in a region known for lower wages tied to hospitality and agriculture. “The addition of a state-of-the-art cybersecurity program will greatly enhance our Palm Desert campus and give our students much-needed experience and opportunities that will help them after graduation as they start their careers,” CSUSB president Tomás Morales says. “We believe the cybersecurity program will serve as an economic boost to the Coachella Valley.” CSUSB won $749,000 in the National Science Foundation’s $4.3 billion, three-year grant for a Community College Cyber Pilot Program to recruit and mentor 30 students from five community colleges to ultimately work in federal agencies and departments, says Tony Coulson, a professor of information and decision sciences and director of the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center. Under the grant, the center will mentor students, with an emphasis on veterans and adults who need “retooling” to meet the needs of cybersecurity and government service. “Cybersecurity is a national concern,” Coulson says. “This program will help improve the pipeline of critically needed cyber skills coming from the Coachella Valley. CSUSB is helping provide national leadership in these initiatives.” Read the complete article at “Eek, a mouse! Computer hacking spurs opportunities in protecting online information from perpetrators.”
CSUSB report: Inland factories still busy, but activity slows in AprilThe Press-Enterprise/The Sun/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/Redlands Daily FactsMay 7, 2019 Manufacturing remains an active sector for the Inland Empire’s economy, but the level of growth slackened last month, a report released late week found. The Purchasing Managers Index, the survey of 29 factory executives in the two-county region, registered 52.8 in April, according to the Institute for Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino. A reading above 50 suggests the sector is expanding, and the index has been above that level for 28 consecutive months. In an analysis included with the report, Barbara Sirotnik, director of the CSUSB institute, wrote there are signs that growth of the Inland Empire’s economy is showing signs of slowing but it was not a concern yet. She cited a strong month of consumer confidence readings, which suggests consumers are still buying manufactured goods. However, Sirotnik said if factories are starting to receive fewer new orders, it could be an indication that consumers are beginning to cut back. This could be “a potentially troublesome sign for the economy in the coming quarter,” she wrote. Read the complete article at “Inland factories still busy, but activity slows in April.”
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