Jan 03 2019

U.S. Government Taps into Nation’s Colleges for Cybersecurity Expertise

Grants and other programs help higher ed institutions working to fill the projected IT skills gap.

The National Science Foundation calls cybersecurity “one of the defining issues of our time.The U.S. is particularly vulnerable, according to Juniper Research, because of the substantial amount of national and international data located within a wide range of companies, governmental entities and institutions, with little regulation.

Compounding the problem is that the likelihood that, within a few years, the country will be vastly short on cybersecurity talent. It’s possible there could be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.

Government entities are taking a proactive stance against this projected skills shortfall by partnering with universities to strengthen U.S. companies and government infrastructure. For example:

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Partnerships and Funding Support Higher Ed Security Programs

It’s the right time for higher education to seek grants to fund cybersecurity efforts. The following government-sponsored opportunities have funded research over the past year, and more funding may be available:

State and Educational Partnerships Help Institutions Develop Projects

State governments and higher education agencies are also excellent sources for cybersecurity program funding and facilities, like the one at RIT. For example:


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