Center for Information Security Education receives National Science Foundation grant



Grant will fund workshop, mentors for students studying cybersecurity

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 29, 2016) — The Center for Information Security Education at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support cybersecurity education and research.

A leader in information systems and security education, the Coles College of Business houses the Center for Information Security Education and the newly formed Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development. The National Science Foundation grant will fund a workshop for graduate and undergraduate students at the Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice Conference at KSU on Oct. 29.

“The Center for Information Security Education is excited to enhance the conference with this effort to pair students with leading scholars in the field,” said Mike Whitman, professor and executive director of the Center for Information Security Education. “We hope this will enrich the pool of those entering the cybersecurity workforce in coming years.”

As part of the program, world-renowned information security faculty will be paired with graduate students who are conducting research in the field of cybersecurity. The faculty will serve as mentors, guiding the students through the research and publication process. The grant also will fund conference participation for undergraduate students.

“We look forward to the opportunity that this grant brings for our information security students to engage with respected scholars, giving them an exposure to perspectives that students do not often get to experience,”said Herb Mattord, associate professor and associate director of the Center for Information Security Education.

KSU’s information security and assurance degree program is ranked third in the nation by, and Kennesaw State University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.


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