CSC has announced a research grant to move educational efforts for future cyber professionals forward. The grant was provided to the CyberWatch Center, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.
The CyberWatch Center is tasked with advancing cyber security education by helping to develop curriculum and Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions. CSC presently serves in an advisory capacity to the CyberWatch Center and is dedicated to developing top flight, future cyber professionals. Ron Knode, director of Global Security Solutions at CSC said “As government agencies and commercial firms call for a dramatic increase in the immediate need for cyber experts, the education of our future cyber professionals through this partnership is critical to our success.” The effort is part of a much broader push throughout government and the private sector to ensure that the US has adequate numbers of future cyber professionals to help defend networks. Alan Paller of the SANS Institute recently said “The United States has only about 1,000 people who can fight at world class levels in cyberspace…How does the United States get another 20-30,000 people who can fight at world class levels?” Dr. Robert Spear of the CyberWatch Center hopes “this increased level of commitment will yield measurable progress in the education of the nation’s next generation of cyber experts.”