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NSF Awards CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) to Carnegie Mellon University

posted by Richard Power
September 2, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a $5.6 million grant through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS), a federal program that aims to strengthen the workforce charged with protecting the nation’s critical information infrastructure. This $5.6 million grant is funded through Carnegie Mellon University CyLab.

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the Information Networking Institute (INI) and CyLab Director of Education and Outreach, will be the principal investigator. Tsamitis reports that the most recent award is the largest received to date. In addition to the SFS scholarships, the grant will also support Carnegie Mellon's participation in collaborative research in the Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) program with other institutions.

Carnegie Mellon has earned three distinct cybersecurity designations from federal agencies: Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education; CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research, and CAE in Cyber Operations. These designations allow faculty and students to participate in the SFS program, the INSuRE program, the Department of Defense Information Scholarship Program (IASP), and the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP).

"Our role as one of the world's leading academic research programs in the fields of cybersecurity and privacy," says CyLab Director Virgil Gligor, "is a major factor in the earning of these designations."

"Our graduates in information security are sought after by employers and our research activities at CyLab are discussed by leaders and innovators in the areas of threat analysis, software security, cryptography, privacy, risk management and other areas," said James H. Garrett Jr., dean of the College of Engineering and the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The SFS scholarship funds and new collaborative research opportunities are much appreciated by and a great fit for our faculty and students."

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