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National Testbed Center to be Established in Cooperation with STM and Sakarya University

Issue 96

During the CTF event, which is organized by STM on an annual basis, a cooperation agreement was signed between and Sakarya University for the establishment of the National Testbed Center for Critical Infrastructures Based on Industrial Control Systems, to be carried out within 12 months. With the agreement, the signing ceremony, of which was attended by STM General Manager Murat İKİNCİ and Sakarya University Rector Prof. Fatih SAVAŞAN, is an important investment and it will be realized within the model of industry-university cooperation for the indigenization of the control systems of critical infrastructures such as energy and water and to ensure their security.

STM General Manager Murat İKİNCİ delivered a speech at the ceremony and said, “We invest in raising human resources; I believe qualified and talented human resources are needed especially in the field of cyber security. We place great importance to cooperation with our universities to increase the number of qualified human resources not only for our institution but also for other institutions. With the agreement we will sign here today, we will provide a very important infrastructure to Sakarya University. Thanks to this infrastructure, we think that more talented specialists will graduate from universities.”

Sakarya University Rector Prof. Fatih SAVAŞAN: “It is an honor for our university to be approved and supported by the Presidency of Defense Industries and STM for the establishment of a testbed in the field of Energy and Water. We believe that Sakarya University will serve the development priorities of our country in the fields of bio-medical and cyber security in addition to superior material and material coating. We are proud of the fact that this project will be realized at our university.”

With the project initiated under the auspices of the Presidency of Defense Industries for the establishment of the National Testbed Center, the aim is for both the indigenization of control systems of critical infrastructures that are very crucial in the cyber security environment and to secure such systems through national facilities.

At the Testbed Center, initially plans are to be made for the modelling of energy and water management systems. With the modelling of academic studies in a real environment, the objective is to expand the know-how of the country and to increase the number of domestic and national production initiatives.