The University of Louisville has won a $580,000 federal grant from the National Security Agency to expand cybersecurity workforce education. As part of their Cybersecurity Workforce Education (CWE) Investment/Expansion initiative, two collaborative UofL components were funded, entitled "Multi-Modal Hands-On Cybersecurity Post-Secondary Education" and "Bringing Public Safety Personnel into Cybersecurity Careers."
The grant is a result of collaboration among faculty from three departments: Computer Engineering and Computer Science (J.B. Speed School of Engineering), Criminal Justice (College of Arts and Sciences) and Computer Information Systems (College of Business). The NSA/DHS National Information Assurance Education & Training Program (NIETP) has designated UofL as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) since 2014. The University of Louisville offers related undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity that is available online.
Together, these programs will provide new resources to partner CAE institutions for bolstering cybersecurity curricula through UofL-developed courseware modules residing on virtualized training environments and extend the University's curriculum reach to working professionals and members of the law enforcement community. "We are all geared up to enhance our cybersecurity education offering and help fill the skills gap in this area of national priority," say professors Adel Elmaghraby, Ghiyoung Im, Adrian Lauf, Michael Losavio, and Andrew Wright who are leading this effort.