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CAU To Share $25 Million Cybersecurity Education Grant

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Donna Brock

Larry Calhoun

ATLANTA (Jan. 20, 2015) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced Jan. 15 that Clark Atlanta University will share in a $25 million grant for cybersecurity education with 12 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  The Department of Energy will provide the grant over the next five years to a new cybersecurity consortium comprising of 13 HBCUs, two national labs, and a K-12 school district. 

The initiative builds upon President Obama’s focus on the critical need to fill the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. job market, while also diversifying the pipeline of talent in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.  The consortium also highlights the Obama administration’s continued commitment to HBCUs.

CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “We are extremely grateful for the Department of Energy’s ongoing support of our University and for President Obama’s knowledge and understanding of the value and contributions of HBCUs to American life.  At CAU, we are embarking on a new focus on research that will include undergraduate students to better prepare them for graduate work and various career choices, including addressing cybercrime.” 

The rapid growth of cybercrime is creating a growing need for cybersecurity professionals across a range of industries, from financial services, health care, and retail to the U.S. government itself.  By some estimates, the demand for cybersecurity workers is growing 12 times faster than the U.S. job market, and is creating well-paying jobs.

To meet this growing need, the Department of Energy is establishing the Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium with funding from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships Program housed in its National Nuclear Security Administration.  The Minority Service Institutions Program focuses on building a strong pipeline of talent from minority-serving institutions to DOE labs, with a mix of research collaborations, involvement of DOE scientists in mentoring, teaching and curriculum development, and direct recruitment of students.

The Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium has a number of core attributes:

  • It is designed as a system. This allows students that enter through any of the partner schools to have all consortia options available to them, to create career paths and degree options through collaboration between all the partners (labs and schools), and to open the doors to DOE sites and facilities.
  • It has a range of participating higher education institutions. With Norfolk State University as the lead, the consortium includes a K-12 school district, a two-year technical college, as well as four-year public and private universities that offer graduate degrees.
  • Adaptable to evolving employer needs.  To be successful in the long term, this program is designed to be sufficiently flexible in its organization to reflect the unique regional priorities that universities have in faculty research and developing STEM disciplines and skills, and DOE site targets for research and critical skill development. 
  • Diversifying the pipeline by working with leading minority-serving institutions.  As President Obama stated in Executive Order 13532, “Promoting Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities” in February 2010, America’s HBCUs, for more than 150 years, have produced many of the nation’s leaders in science, business, government, academia and the military, and have provided generations of American men and women with hope and educational opportunity. 

For more information, contact Roy George, Ph.D., principal investigator for the grant and chair of the Department of Computer Science- rgeorge@cau.edu or 404-880-6945.


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