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Kelly Kimberland,

For immediate release:
July 23, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Educating Information-Security Experts with Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will work with historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions on a program designed to create a next generation of Internet- security experts.

Partners with Carnegie Mellon in the program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), include Howard University, Morgan State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Carnegie Mellon is providing educational resources that will enable Ph.D. computer scientists to teach survey-level courses in information security to advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students at their universities. The four-week program that began on July 8 and continues through August 2, is being delivered by staff of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and its CERT® Coordination Center, the nation's first and best-known computer emergency response team. Other distinguished faculty members from Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management (Heinz School), School of Computer Science, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are also participating.

Stephen E. Cross, director of the Software Engineering Institute, explains that the program will provide the participants with the knowledge and expertise to develop and deliver curricula in information security and will increase the number of Ph.D.-level researchers in information security at historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.

"We are very excited to be partnering with these educational institutions," said Cross. "The training and experiences shared in this program lay the foundation to help create a new generation of Internet-security experts."

The need for qualified information security personnel and educators is great. A June 1999 Department of Commerce Report, The Digital Workforce, estimates that the U.S. will require more than 1.3 million new highly skilled information technology workers between 1996 and 2006. The National Plan for Information Systems Protection also addresses this critical shortage and further highlights the acute shortage in the number of trained information-security personnel. The National Plan recognizes training and education as key solutions in defending America's cyberspace.

During the first two weeks of the Carnegie Mellon program, participants are receiving basic instruction and training in information security, including discussion of how information security intersects with other academic disciplines.

The third week of the program is devoted to curriculum development. The participants will work with instructional-design experts from the Software Engineering Institute and with Dr. Corey Schou, director of the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) at Idaho State University and chairperson of the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (NCISSE).

The final week of the program will be devoted to presentation of current and future research by the participants and to the development of research collaborations between participants and researchers at Carnegie Mellon.

Participants are paid a one-month summer salary plus lodging, per diem, and incidentals. They are also funded for three round trips to Pittsburgh and two additional trips during the academic year to enable them to build relationships and continue research collaborations and curriculum-development activities initiated during earlier visits. Additionally, continued online collaboration and mentoring will be available through a virtual community and workspace provided by Carnegie Mellon and funded by the NSF grant.

The proposal for this award was authored by Donald J. McGillen and Ann English. McGillen is executive director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Computer and Communications Security and the coordinator of Carnegie Mellon's activities as a National Security Agency-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, including the Federal Cyber Corps Scholarship For Service program. English is director of admissions in the Heinz School, as well as co-director of the Scholarships for Service Program.

Participating Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff members include:

  • Ashish Arora, associate professor of economics and public policy in the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon.

  • Albrecht Funk, senior research fellow at the Institute for Civil Rights and Public Security at the Free University Berlin and Research Associate at the Center for West European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Jeffrey Hunker, dean of the Heinz School and H. John Heinz III Professor of Technology and Public Policy.

  • Pradeep Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Engineering and Robotics and head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon

  • Barbara Laswell, manager of practices, development and training for the Networked Systems Survivability Program at the SEI. The CERT® Coordination Center is also a part of this program.

  • Tom Longstaff, head of research in network security for Networked Systems Survivability.

  • John McHugh, senior member of the technical staff in Networked Systems Survivability.

  • Nancy R. Mead, team leader for the Survivable Network Analysis (SNA) team as well as a senior member of the technical staff in Networked Systems Survivability.

  • Andrew P. Moore, senior member of the technical staff in Networked Systems Survivability

  • Richard Pethia, manager of Networked Systems Survivability.
  • Timothy J. Shimeall, senior member of the technical staff with Networked Systems Survivability.

  • Carol A. Sledge, senior member of the technical staff for Networked Systems Survivability.

  • Latanya Sweeney, assistant professor of public policy at the Heinz School and H. John Heinz III Professor of Technology and Public Policy.

In May 1999 the National Security Agency (NSA) designated Carnegie Mellon as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. The NSA established the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Program in an effort to increase the capacity of United States higher education institutions to produce professionals in this field. The Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Program is an example of the outreach and partnership efforts called for in the National Plan for Information Systems Protection.

In addition to funding this program, the National Science Foundation also competitively awarded grants to six of the CAEs to fund scholarships for students who enroll in programs in information security and, upon graduation, enter service with a government agency as members of the Federal Cyber Corps. Currently, 18 students are attending Carnegie Mellon on scholarships provided by this program.

® CERT and CERT Coordination Center are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University.


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