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Cybersecurity challenges and the ability to adequately keep pace with technological advancements are a major concern for public and private organizations, but also for educational institutions. In higher education, how well an institution addresses those challenges impacts its overall operation. It influences the courses, services, financial support, and degree programs it is able to provide to students.

For the 107 historically black colleges & universities (HBCU) in the United States, there is an immediate need to modernize their IT infrastructures to ensure the schools are in a strong position to meet cybersecurity considerations and requirements to continue receiving Title IV funding to best support their students. To that end, I’m excited to announce that as part of a multi-year joint initiative led by the Student Freedom Initiative (SFI), AVCtechnologies is gifting cybersecurity services and technology support to enable nine HBCUs to modernize their IT infrastructures and make the best decisions for their communities.

We understand the digital divide these institutions need to overcome. And as technology providers, we have seen firsthand how it has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the abrupt displacement of unplanned, unsecure remote environments. We are in a position, and have a responsibility, to make a difference in these communities; to elevate and support diverse communities (of race, gender, thought) and provide opportunities to the next generation of doers and thinkers. As I look at our leadership team, I am proud of the diversity represented – through race, experience, thought, and culture. It is personally important to me that we align ourselves with organizations and initiatives that share our passion for advancing diversity.

AVCtechnologies will implement multiple Cisco security products, and provide consulting, logistics, engineering implementations, and long-term management services to Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

For more information on the initiative, check out the press release . I look forward to providing an update on our efforts with SFI and these distinguished colleges and universities.