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Cybersecurity Training and Jobs Initiative: Knowmadics and Groover Labs Announce Cyber Center of Excellence Project

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Knowmadics, known as an enterprise and B2B integration software specialist, and nonprofit organization Groover Labs are opening a new Cyber Center of Excellence focused on national cybersecurity initiatives.

The center will be located inside Groover Labs’ 42,000-square-foot facility in Wichita, Kansas, according to a prepared statement. The facility will include a secure cyber lab, office and meeting spaces, prototyping capabilities, and resources and support for other advancements.

Building a Stronger Economy in Kansas

Groover Labs states that it was “founded on the idea of offering a collaborative working environment where entrepreneurs and tech workers can get support and share ideas.” Correspondingly, Knowmadics’ public and private partners — with the support of academic institutions from across the U.S. — work together to solve some of the most difficult cybersecurity challenges facing the nation.

Knowmadics President Claire Ostrum explained the inspiration behind the partnership with Groover Labs:

“With its commitment to creating infrastructure and developing local talent, we are proud to partner with Groover Labs’ leadership to take part in ‘Building a Stronger Economy’ in Kansas. Our passion for technology growth, and the ability to maximize the valuable human capital resources found in Kansas, align perfectly with Groover Labs’ location, capabilities, philosophy, passion and environment. We are looking forward to calling Kansas the ‘home’ of our Cyber Center of Excellence.”

Adding his support for the project, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) said:

“Kansas has emerged as a national leader in industry innovation and workforce development, and I’m pleased the partnership between Knowmadics and Groover Labs will help build on this success. The new cyber center will not only advance technology growth but will also create good jobs and utilize the talented students and experts in the Wichita area.”

Groover Labs Supports Knowmadics’ Growth

Groover Labs notes that it will expand and enhance offerings that will provide Knowmadics with access to unique capabilities at its prototyping lab. This access will not only further initiatives for the Cyber Center of Excellence but enable Knowmadics to expand and relocate other existing lines of business that currently operate outside of Kansas.

Groover Labs co-founder Curt Gridley expressed his enthusiasm in partnering with Knowmadics on the Cyber Center of Excellence:

“We are proud that Knowmadics has chosen to join the entrepreneurial landscape that we are fostering here at Groover Labs and excited that they see this as the ideal venue to continue developing their innovative business. We look forward to partnering with Knowmadics to provide the state-of-the-art facilities they need in support of their rapid growth.”

Training and Recruiting Local Cyber Talent

Knowmadics emphasized that it will create high-quality jobs and recruit from local universities. Through a previously announced partnership program with Friends University in Wichita, Knowmadics is developing a collaborative cyber lab academic curriculum, including potential internship opportunities.

The ultimate goal, says Knowmadics, is to “recruit and retain technology professionals in the greater Wichita region for which the Groover Labs CyberLink infrastructure expansion and center will play an instrumental role.”

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.