Naval Academy officials indicated the academy is planning to build a cybersecurity center and improve its cyber education programs, according to a Hometown Annapolis report.
The academy plans to hire a contractor to get more information about how it can pursue building a cybersecurity center.
The Naval Academy wants to improve its cyber education offerings to better prepare its graduates in addition to exploring opportunities for a physical center.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), a member of the academy's governing board, said the Naval Academy’s efforts to improve cyber education are in line with efforts Defense Department officials have taken to make military network protection a top priority.
Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said there is a clear distinction between a full-fledged cyber training program and what the academy is able to offer as well as a gap in understanding of what capabilities there are to handle sophisticated threats.
The Naval Academy will work to bridge the gap and better equip its graduates, starting with the incumbent freshman, to be a part of the cyber workforce by offering opportunities such as a cybersecurity major.