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State bond bill includes $1M for Union Station cyber security initiative – MassLive.com


SPRINGFIELD — A state bond bill that passed the House and Senate last week includes $1 million for a collaborative cyber security initiative at Union Station.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, in a prepared release, praised the Union Station funds and other earmarks for Springfield that were sponsored by state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., under an Information Technology Bond Bill.

“With the ongoing pandemic highlighting the importance of functioning technology, now more than ever, information technology investment is vital to keeping essential services going,” Sarno said.

Sarno praised Puppolo and other members of the Springfield legislative delegation for securing the funds including:

  • $1,000,000 for the Springfield Redevelopment Authority collaborative cyber security initiative at Union Station
  • $200,000 for upgrading the City of Springfield’s computer equipment to enhance the network’s information technology efficiency and security protocol measures
  • $750,000 for a citywide fiber initiative
  • $300,000 to enhance the city’s storage area network server.

The IT Bond bill was approved by the House on Friday and by the Senate on Saturday. The bill is now forwarded for the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker.

Puppolo, who is chairman of the House Technology Committee, said he is “keenly aware of the needs to upgrade the fiber and storage area networks in the City of Springfield as well as upgrading Springfield’s computer equipment to help enhance efficiency and security.”

The upgrades will go a long way to making the city’s Information Technology systems “better, more efficient and secure,” Puppolo said.

The $1 million for the Springfield Redevelopment Authority will help establish “CyberPlus New England,” a cybersecurity and cyber-range at Union Station in conjunction with Bay Path University and other universities, Puppolo said.

Cyber security involves protecting computers and other electronic devices and data from malicious attacks.

The universities will host “applied learning initiative programs to expand and diversity the local talent pipeline and to make Springfield/Western Mass a leader in developing cyber talent,” Puppolo said.

CyberPlus will also work to align economic development and workforce initiatives, Puppolo said.

CyberPlus includes a cyber-range, which is a state-of-the-art program “that can simulate operating environments for mastering skills and techniques and to practice identifying and preventing live threats using an advanced security platform, with best practice tips and real experiences from experienced instructors,” Puppolo said.

The cyber range would be made available to qualified users for training IT and Cyber teams across all industries, Puppolo said.



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