Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cyber U

The US Naval Academy wants to become a major center of cyber security training. According to this story by Childs Walker and Jessica Anderson in The Sun the academy superintendent, Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller, “wants his campus to become a center for cybersecurity education, with a $100 million building and a slate of new classes devoted to the emerging discipline,…”

Citing the proximity of his campus to the National Security Agency and the headquarters of the newly formed Cyber Command “makes it a logical center for cybersecurity training.”

It could still be awhile before he is able to make this happen though.

“The academy has yet to request funding for a cybersecurity building, and Miller acknowledged the difficulty of asking for construction money in the current fiscal climate. He said the academy might first need to "prime the pump" by collecting private donations for the project.”

If he is successful the academy would join UMBC in training the next generation of cyber warriors. UMBC recently announced that it had entered into a partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation to establish a cybersecurity incubator at the Catonsville campus.

Closer to home, HoCo Community College has also gotten into the cyber game with the establishment of a Cyber Security and Information Technology major.
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