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Cybersecurity firm ReliaQuest donates $1M to USF for cyber training program

Tampa cybersecurity company ReliaQuest is donating $1 million to the University of South Florida for the "ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Labs."  Pictured is Brian Murphy, CEO of ReliaQuest. [Courtesy of Reliaquest, 2017]
Tampa cybersecurity company ReliaQuest is donating $1 million to the University of South Florida for the "ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Labs." Pictured is Brian Murphy, CEO of ReliaQuest. [Courtesy of Reliaquest, 2017]
Published Oct. 2, 2018

TAMPA — Tampa cybersecurity company ReliaQuest is donating $1 million to the University of South Florida for the "ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Labs." The facility, which will be housed at the USF Muma College of Business, will be used to train students in cybersecurity with hands-on programs.

"In the face of what the industry refers to as a talent shortage, we believe that cybersecurity is actually suffering from a skills shortage," said Brian Murphy, ReliaQuest CEO, said in a release Tuesday. "There are plenty of people eager to enter the cybersecurity field, but they need the skills to perform effectively in those positions."

The program will include a four-week program on fundamental cybersecurity skills. USF students will also have access to ReliaQuest's "Cyber Simulator," which allows students to train in real-world cybersecurity situations. ReliaQuest's donation will be disbursed over five years.

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