UofM Awarded $206,085 from NSA to Develop Cybersecurity Curriculum

September 19, 2017 - The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) has been awarded the CAE Cybersecurity Workforce Education Grant to develop interactive, hands-on exercises to integrate in cybersecurity curriculum. The primary purpose of funding through the CAE program is to address expansion of the national cybersecurity workforce in terms of both growth and workforce readiness. CfIA will develop cybersecurity educational and training tools which will contribute to the student's ability to apply tactical knowledge to cybersecurity practice.

From the cybersecurity undergraduate program, two courses (Digital Forensics and Software Assurance) have been identified to implement these interactive exercises. The interactive tool will be web-based, allowing it to be accessed by both private and public organizations to use to create a common understanding and learning experience in cybersecurity risk.

The project will be led by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, a professor of Computer Science at the UofM. He is the founding director of the Center for Information Assurance, which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and in Research (CAE-R). As part of the project, CfIA will host Cybersecurity Workforce Workshops and community outreach activities to create a cybersecurity pathway process that integrates academic and experiential learning that link education, workforce acumen and training. These workshops will be available to the public during the fall of 2018, and the information will be disseminated through the Center's website, http://cfia.memphis.edu.

Gabrielle Maxey