President tate's scholarship first agenda

Defense  

Opportunity

The security of our state determines the safety of our nation. As a key provider of energy, chemical products, food, and fiber, Louisiana is home to much of the United States’ most critical infrastructure and industries that all depend on cybersecurity. How we protect our data and defend ourselves against manipulation, exploitation, and attack is now a key concern for every business and organization, large and small. LSU will build upon its nationally recognized applied cybersecurity program to produce cyber warriors and leaders to protect our economy, people, and borders. Likewise, LSU will continue its proud tradition of service to our nation by reinvesting in military sciences and ROTC to further ensure the freedoms and safety of every U.S. citizen. 

Importance 

Our economy and personal safety depends on expert leadership in cybersecurity as well as military science. Security impacts every area of our lives, from our health and well-being to upholding our democracy, and ensuring that manufacturers can produce and deliver goods without interruptions. In addition to mitigating and preventing related threats, there is a growing (and evolving) need to cultivate expertise in this field – which LSU will address through workforce development and training.

Vision

In service to our state and nation, LSU will reimagine the defense of our future. We will: 

  • Build the top applied cybersecurity operation in American higher education
  • Ensure alignment between scholarship and practice by partnering with industry, Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, and other state and federal agencies
  • Leverage our proud history of military service to elevate our ROTC program as one of top 10 in the nation

Impact 

Military Tech & Cyber Defense in Action

LSU Shreveport is helping address a workforce shortage in the cybersecurity industry while giving students a valuable opportunity for hands-on experience through a hiring program at the university's on-campus Security Operations Center.

Gustavo Ferreira, a U.S. Army major with a doctorate in agricultural economics from LSU, is helping military decision-makers gain insight into how agriculture-related issues can affect military actions across the globe.

LSU cybersecurity faculty Golden Richard and Aisha Ali-Gombe have each received half a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help advance their work in memory forensics, a frontier field in digital investigations.

Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.