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Information Technology

The development of new ideas and technologies are the heart of Eastern Idaho. Significant advances over time have resulted in a series of evolutionary steps and innovative breakthroughs. Eastern Idaho’s Information Technology sector has grown exponentially. Information Technology touches every aspect of our life from development of new software and hardware, data processing, internet applications, supercomputing, data centers and cybersecurity. 

Eastern Idaho’s growth in IT applications and cybersecurity has positioned the region as a top leader. With five federal programs across our region, Eastern Idaho has become a hotspot for cutting-edge research and top notch leadership and talent. For example, Idaho National Laboratory has invested in the Cybercore Integration Center to enable partnerships across federal agencies, private industry, and university partners to secure control systems from cyber threats. The Cybercore Integration Center brings together technical expertise and collaborative partnerships to focus on scalable and sustainable control systems. Cyber security solutions that protect the U.S grid, critical infrastructure, and military systems.

 

Also, Eastern Idaho is home to INL’s powerful new supercomputer – Sawtooth - named after one of our beautiful mountain ranges. This $19.2 million system ranked #37 in the 2019 Top 500 for fastest supercomputers in the world. The Sawtooth Supercomputer can compute complex mathematical calculations and perform advanced modeling and simulations to shorten the time to test, demonstrate, and assess performance of new nuclear technologies.

In addition, Eastern Idaho is home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new Data Center.  The $100 million data center, known as Grey Wolf, will optimize infrastructure, information and services. With the consolidation of data centers across the U.S., the FBI will operate three data centers across the U.S. – Pocatello, Idaho; Clarksburg, West Virginia and Sterling Virginia. The FBI has called Pocatello home since 1984. The new addition now totals over 140,000 square feet of space. Approximately 100,000 square feet make up the data center while the remaining 40,000 square feet will be used for new office space. The structure will allow data to be securely collected, stored, and analyzed. 

With four growing institutions of higher education, students receive real-time, real-world training and work experience in collaboration with the Idaho National Lab and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to bring first-class computer science programs and degrees that contribute to the growth of IT positions in Eastern Idaho. Programs include:

 

  • Idaho State University Cyber Physical Security Program – is the only university in the nation to offer a degree in securing computers that control power plants, oil and gas pipelines, and manufacturing facilities, just to name a few.
  • University of Idaho Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center – works with industries to supply trained employees in cybersecurity.

 

  • University of Idaho Computer Science Program – provides courses in algorithms and data structures, programming languages, computer architecture, operating systems, files and database theory of computation, and a capstone design sequence.

With a low-cost of doing business and access to national recognized programs and facilities, Eastern Idaho is the right place for IT companies to expand or relocate. 

This is Eastern Idaho!

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