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Pima Community College launches new cyber warfare range

Posted at 4:28 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 13:57:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima Community College is launching a new cyber warfare range meant to teach students and community members whatever they want to know about cyber security.

The cyber warfare range officially opened its door on Monday Jan 28.

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The range is located at the Pima Community College East Campus and is fully staffed by volunteers with the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range.

"It's a collaboration space really, where you can come and learn about cyber security you can share information you know about cyber security and with that symbiotic relationship you can, you know you're helping to develop your skills and in turn help to develop someone else's skills," said Jerry Keely, the leader for the Tucson range,

Other ranges were previously open in the Phoenix area but recently closed down, leaving the Tucson range being the only one in the state.

Along with teaching the basics of cyber security, Keely said he hopes to also encourage students and community members to pursue careers in the cyber security field because it's something everyone is impacted by.

"Everybody is affected by cyber in some way. If you turn on your phone if you run a credit card at the grocery store if you get gas at the gas pumps if you turn a camera on at home you are exposed to a cyber threat and many people just don't know that," said Keely.

According to CyberSeek, there are more than 7,000 cyber security job openings in Arizona alone and more than 313,000 across the country.