The University of Kansas recently launched an initiative called CyberCorps: New Scholarship Program at the University of Kansas that will educate and train students to be the next generation of cyber defense experts.
The upcoming program was made possible by a recent $4.7 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Kansas School of Engineering. The program will enable undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to learn about cyber defense jobs that guard the country’s infrastructure while at KU.
After graduation, students that were a part of the program could go on to work for agencies such as the CIA, NSA, and Department of Defense to name a few. According to Department Chair of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Dr. Victor Frost, even those not in the CyberCorps program will benefit from it.
“This program helps us expand our offerings and security both at the undergraduate and graduate level, so it won’t just be the students who are in this program that will take advantage of it,” said Frost.
According to Frost, it’s vital for universities such as KU to offer programs like CyberCorps in an ever-increasing technological world.
“It is really critically important for the country that universities like KU – being the flagship university for the state – produce students who can go and contribute to that.”
Students who qualify for the program will begin cyber-security training starting in the Fall 2016 semester.