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We Are Rising

Thanks to generous gifts from our donors, Dakota State University will become the nation's leader in cybersecurity education.

A New Era

This is the dawn of a new era at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. Thanks to gifts from philanthropists Miles and Lisa Beacom and Denny Sanford a highly skilled and ready workforce will rise from the prairies of South Dakota, helping fill the critical need for cybersecurity professionals.

Meeting The Need

Every year, cyber threats increase but hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity jobs remain open. Thanks to our donors, Dakota State University can now help meet the need for highly skilled professionals. Their gifts will be used to create new scholarships, additional programs and help fund new faculty and staff positions at Dakota State's Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

The Nation's Best

These gifts mean Dakota State University, already a recognized leader in Cybersecurity education, will rise to be the nation's best. DSU currently holds four prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence Designations from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, including the most technical for Cyber Operations and the most prestigious as a Cyber Defense Consultative Regional Resource Center, one of only four university-based centers in the nation.

Advanced Facilities

The gifts from the Beacoms and Sanford will help DSU construct applied research facilities to house Madison Cyber Labs, or MadLabs. MadLabs will allow students, graduates and researchers to work on classified and proprietary projects. It will also serve as an economic development incubator for the state of South Dakota—attracting cutting edge companies, high paying jobs and more tax revenue.

We Are Rising

With this unprecedented opportunity comes great responsibility. But thanks to the support of all our donors, DSU is now armed with a bolder vision and a stronger resolve. We are grateful. We are ready. We are Dakota State University and we are rising.

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