Illinois Central College hosts summit on cyber-security

By WEEK Producer

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Illinois Central College is taking steps to combat cyber attacks.

ICC is hosting a community college summit to discuss industry demand for a local cyber-security software curriculum.

The initiative comes on the heels of the Target hacking case and the problems with the online roll out of Obamacare.

Officials said the curriculum could lead to middle class high technology jobs through specialized training.

"The next Pearl Harbor could be a cyber attack, and part of the attacks are coming from, a large part of the attacks are from different software," said Advanced Information Services CEO Girish Seshagiri. "So we're trying to work with the colleges to teach the next generation of software developers to do software the right way that is secure from cyber attacks."

"We hope that our region can be a center for expertise in solving secure software issues, that we can have the experts trained here, and the people can come here for our help," said Rita Ali, Vice President of Diversity at ICC.

Officials say there is a need for a workforce trained to develop software that is secure from cyber-attacks and eventually, they hope to connect cyber education directly to a job.