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August 22, 2013

U.S. Congressman Steve Daines, GCS President Alex Philp talk Montana as big data, cybersecurity hub

Missoula is home to a vibrant group of industry experts building businesses and doing groundbreaking work in the high-tech sectors of big data and cybersecurity. It’s also home to a large state university that began last year offering undergraduate classes aimed at preparing students to work in those rapidly expanding fields.

On Thursday, representatives from both groups had the ear of U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who listened to ideas about how cooperation between the public, private and higher education arenas could help turn Montana into a big data and cybersecurity hub...

Alex Philp, founder of several big data analytics and geographic information system companies in Montana and now president of GCS Research, helped facilitate the IBM connection with UM after being named an “IBM champion” several years ago.

It’s crucial, Philp said, that UM continues making progress on developing its big data and cybersecurity programs so its relationship with IBM can continue to move forward.

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