The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has authorized the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) of Old Westbury to establish an Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research Facility in Port Washington to serve the nation’s need for cybersecurity.
The facility will allow select NYIT students and faculty to conduct research on information assurance and cyber defense as a “Certified Information Assurance Courseware Institution recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Security Service” with a goal of creating new technologies to help secure our critical national information and data pools.
The IDA selected NYIT to operate the research facility following a 2014 Request for Qualifications. NYIT is pending its final designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by the NSA. Steel Equities will provide 10,000 sq. ft. of rent-free space at 2 Seaview Blvd. in Port Washington to house the cybersecurity facility. The facility will be hardened—to a possible Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) standard.