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Oct. 28: Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Information Networking Institute Receive Grant To Help Minority Institutions Grow Information Security Programs

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Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Information Networking Institute Receive
Grant To Help Minority Institutions Grow Information Security Programs

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and the Information Networking Institute (INI) received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help minority institutions offer quality information assurance education and a specialization in computer forensics science.
                
"The NSF-funded Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP) will aid minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to develop curricula with academic enrichment from both Carnegie Mellon Cylab and the INI," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, INI director and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.
    
The program will be structured as a two-year workshop, including a two-week session during the first year, presenting information assurance theory and practice, with a three day follow-up session in the second year, during which participants share their initial results with peers. There will be two summer offerings in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
    
"This particular approach is designed to integrate three main components, including technical knowledge, pedagogical support and an individual development plan," said Tsamitis, who recently won the 2008 Women of Influence Award sponsored by Alta Associates and Chief Security Officer Magazine.
    
Tsamitis said the new offerings build upon the program's past six years of success, which involved the participation of 36 faculty from 11 HSIs. Those successful offerings also culminated in the creation of 11 new courses, seven new degree options and 14 new certificate programs, workshops and symposia. One participating institution, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency.  
    
"This program is an excellent example of the broad commitment by Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the College of Engineering to enable the development of high-caliber and highly needed information assurance programs for minority-serving institutions," said Pradeep K. Khosla, the Dowd University Professor and dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.
                    

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