Cyber security is becoming the number one issue for America’s national defense, but as important as protecting the web is, there seems to be a massive shortage of professionals in that field.
The University at Buffalo is doing something about that with a 5-year, $2.39 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of professionals to protect the United States from cyber attacks.
It is called CyberCorps, and UB is one of 70 campuses in the country receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation to train budding “cyber sleuths” how to protect American interests from Internet villains.
UB’s CyberCorps program is for graduate students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Successful applicants get a full scholarship, plus a $34,000 stipend, in addition to tuition, health insurance, and a book allowance.
After completing the program, CyberCorps graduates are required to fulfill a two-year commitment working for a government agency or state agency in their field.
Computer Science Professor Shambhu Upadhyaya is CyberCorps principal investigator, and said the pay is very good, but candidates have to be United States citizens, and able to pass a security clearance.
“The primary goal of the grant, that we got, is to train cybersecurity students, and work for a federal agency when they graduate.”
Professor Upadhyaya said graduates of UB’s CyberCorps, even after fulfilling their commitments, are still working for the FBI, CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Agency.
While UB’s CyberCorps is only accepting graduate students now, Prof. Upadhyaya says he is looking to eventually expand the program for undergraduates.