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Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Information technology involves the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data. The capabilities and design of computers developed rapidly through the forties and fifties, with the first office application appearing in 1951. During these early days of info tech, computers were mainly utilized on military bases and universities in the Inland Empire. A notable exception to this was the private company Esri, founded in Redlands in 1969. Although Esri was originally founded as a land-use firm, the company is known for its technological innovations in mapping software. Esri is now an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, and web GIS and geodatabase management applications. Esri and the City of Redlands are working together to create a tech hub surrounding the Esri campus. 

Recent Sector Highlights

The Palm Desert iHub is a collaboration between the city of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Cal State San Bernardino. Cal State San Bernardino established a cybersecurity program at its Palm Desert Campus as part of a $749,000 National Science Foundation grant to increase the level of diversity among students enrolled in cybersecurity programs. The City of Palm Desert contributed $1.4 million to the Palm Desert iHub facility, and CVEP manages the property and the iHub business incubator program.

The Cybersecurity Center (CSC) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is a pioneer in cybersecurity education. In 2021, CSUSB was redesignated as a CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through 2028, recognized for specialty areas in Cyber Investigations and Network Security Administration. A CAE designation is a coveted recognition for cyber schools as it demonstrates the standard of excellence for cyber education in the Nation. 

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