News / Ken Sochats Appointed to Cyber Task Force


Ken Sochats, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, has been appointed to represent the University of Pittsburgh on the Pittsburgh Cyber Task Force.  Sochats was named to the Task Force by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.

The goal of the task force is to convince the Department of Defense's Cyber Command to locate in Pittsburgh.  Earlier in 2008, the Secretary of Defense announced the selection of 18 states (including Pennsylvania) as candidates for the Cyber Command’s site. All 18 candidate sites will be evaluated and 6 will be selected for a site visit. The Cyber Command will be staffed with a combination of 300 active duty military personnel and civilians. 

The task force is co-chaired by Dan Onorato, the Allegheny County Chief Executive, and Mike Langley, Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference.

Sochats is the Director of the Visual Information Systems Center at the School of Information Sciences and co-Director of the Center for National Preparedness at the University of Pittsburgh.