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Enrollment open for new NSF-funded cybersecurity program at ASU


November 07, 2017

By 2022, the world may see a cybersecurity workforce gap of nearly 2 million jobs. Students interested in filling that gap can enroll in a new National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program at ASU focused on cybersecurity.

The NSF CyberCorps program will accommodate students interested in earning undergraduate or graduate degrees, and all students who enroll will be involved in cybersecurity research.

“Students who enroll can focus on many different areas that influence and build upon cybersecurity, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, networking, embedded devices, and more,” said Adam Doupé, assistant professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering and associate director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, part of ASU’s Global Security Initiative.

Students who are accepted into the program will receive a scholarship covering full-time tuition and education-related fees, a health insurance reimbursement, a professional development allowance, a book allowance, and a stipend. In exchange for their scholarships, recipients agree to work after graduation for a federal government agency in a position related to cybersecurity.

“Right now, the supply-side of cybersecurity talent is not meeting the demand,” Doupé said. “This program is an excellent way to encourage students to enter into and study cybersecurity, while at the same time giving back to the public sector and government. Additionally, recent breaches, such as Equifax, highlight the need for competent and qualified cybersecurity professionals in all areas and industries.”

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