UofL awarded grant to expand training for cybersecurity specialists

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has won a $580,000 federal grant to expand training for cybersecurity specialists.

     The grant, from the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, will support two interdisciplinary programs among three schools: the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business.

     One program will teach cybersecurity measures to public safety employees and another will use common off-the-shelf hardware and software to design new cybersecurity teaching methods.

     The programs are an extension of the University of Louisville Cyber Security Initiative. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency designated UofL as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE); that designation was recently extended through 2019.

    The NSA’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program is intended to broaden the nation’s pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. UofL and Northern Kentucky University are the only higher education institutions in Kentucky that have received the certification.

     “We are all geared up to enhance our cybersecurity education offering and help fill the skills gap in this area of national priority,” said Adel Elmaghraby, professor and chair of the Speed School’s computer engineering and computer science departments and principal investigator.

    For further information, visit http://www2.cecsresearch.org/csi/ or contact Elmaghraby at 502-852-0470.

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    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.