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Columbus Collaboratory working to boost area's cybersecurity industry

ELISSA COLLOPY, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

Ohio is making steady progress toward becoming an employment leader in cyber security.

Burning Glass Technologies reported a growth rate of 141 percent between 2010 and 2014 for cyber security job openings in the state.

That ranks Ohio as 13th for jobs in the field, yet only one company made the Cybersecurity 500 -a list of the world's most innovative firms.

By the time 2017 rolled around, that number was up to three, representing each of the state's main population centers: TrustedSec in greater Cleveland, Morphick in Cincinnati, and Panopticon in Columbus.

Columbus seems to be the one to look toward for future growth.

In 2014, seven large corporations - including Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, American Electric Power, and L Brands - formed another company: the Columbus Collaboratory.

The Collaboratory has two primary goals: to make the city a national tech leader in cyber security and data analytics, and to provide solutions in these areas to the founding companies.

The Collaboratory's work on cybersecurity solutions is extensive.

"Through our collaborative security approach, we break out of the outdated silo model, pool ideas and resources, and better protect against cybersecurity threats," its website stated.

The Collaborative takes a practical approach to security that includes purpose-built products and services to solve complex challenges within the collaborating companies, according to the companies.

"Our threat intelligence platform delivers the advantages of a network where defenders work together," the website stated.

By joining one of the seven founding companies as an employee in cybersecurity or analytics, people also gain access to the Collaboratory and the networking, skill-building, technology resources and professional development opportunities from across all of the companies.

Series available to employees include InFocus Series, to learn or teach about hot topics; Synergy Series, a strategic planning group comprised of leaders across the seven companies to share best practices, build work products and work together to overcome shared challenges; and Flash Sessions, a rapidly assembled moderated session to discuss business challenges with a network of Collaborative companies.

With the open collaboration between companies, this allows collaborative security that enables defenders to work together.

"Trust and personal relationships have always been the cornerstone of good intelligence sharing and we facilitate this through regular, in-person events," they wrote.

This has enabled the Collaborative to create the first Ohio Intelligence Sharing and Analysis Organization that delivers real-time, analytics-enhanced intelligence through a trusted platform to enhance situational awareness.

As to how the Collaboratory delivers value, they provide account management through Collaborators to work within your business to identify and report on project success; operational enhancers through a unique model facilitating group collaboration; products, services and innovations, and a partner ecosystem.

Date Published: August 31, 2017


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