Love it. UConn Establishes Synchrony Financial Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity - UConn Today "Timed to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) School of Engineering announced the launch of Synchrony Financial’s Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity. The center will promote cutting-edge research in a field that industry officials expect to grow from $122 billion worldwide in 2016 to $202 billion by 2021. With the investment of $2.2 million over the next five years, Synchrony Financial and UConn aim to counter the growing threats of foreign and domestic cybercrime by developing information security talent and leading research to help companies and consumers stay ahead of these threats. “We are thrilled to establish a world-class program in one of the fastest growing fields in technology with Synchrony Financial,” said Kazem Kazerounian, dean of the School of Engineering. “The program builds on the success of the Engineering School, which celebrates its centennial this year, and allows us to provide robust opportunities for our students looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.” Through the partnership, Synchrony Financial will provide an endowment for a Synchrony Financial Chair in Cybersecurity to lead cybersecurity education at UConn and help develop a strong pipeline of information security talent. In addition to research, Synchrony Financial committed funding toward a Cybersecurity Fellows Program and a scholarship program that will provide stipends to attract to UConn graduate students interested in this subject, where they will study and conduct independent cybersecurity research. The partnership is close to home for Stamford-based Synchrony Financial, and will help prepare local Connecticut talent to help fill the nearly 210,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U."