The primary purpose of Cybersecurity National Action Plan: Investment in Expansion of CAE-C (Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity) Education Programs is to address expansion of the national cybersecurity workforce in terms of both quantity
In response to this national initiative, the National Security Agency solicited proposals in the area of cybersecurity education from National CAE-C. The program supports projects that use innovative approaches, employing input from a
diverse set of cybersecurity education professionals.
This program supports projects that address cybersecurity education in the following areas:
Under the leadership of Waleed Farag, grant PI; Ben Rafoth, co-PI; Crystal Machado, co-PI; and Mac Fiddner, co-PI, IUP, along with a selected group of national universities, has been awarded funding to start an innovative project to enhance cybersecurity
education in Western Pennsylvania.
This project has the following objectives:
This project presents a novel, interdisciplinary approach to address persistent challenges in the cybersecurity field that have significant impact on the welfare of our nation. The project proposes a set of activities and services designed with an interdisciplinary
perspective to provide effective solutions to cybersecurity challenges. The proposed approaches are innovative for several reasons listed below:
The team includes faculty with content expertise in four different disciplines. Waleed Farag and Mac Fiddner’s expertise in cybersecurity content, coupled with Ben Rafoth and Crystal Machado’s expertise in K-20 pedagogy and educational research will result
in a program that is academically rigorous and pedagogically sound. Moreover, the team provides opportunity for several graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines to work under the supervision of the co-PIs in implementing solutions
to the identified challenges.
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