In response to a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals, the Department of Defense created a scholarship program for highly qualified college students to encourage them to expand their cybersecurity knowledge, and gain the skills needed to be successful in the cybersecurity field.
Project Director Waleed Farag and his team successfully pursued securing funds for this scholarship program, and three IUP students were selected for full academic scholarships for academic year 2018-2019. Benefits of this scholarship program include tuition reimbursement, books, a laptop, and a stipend to cover additional living expenses. See complete details on the IUP DoD CySP Project.
The National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation have partnered to create a cybersecurity summer program for middle and high school students and teachers, focusing on increasing interest, diversity, and knowledge in cybersecurity.
In summer of 2016, Project Director Waleed Farag and his team were successful in securing funds to host the first and only GenCyber summer camp in Pennsylvania, allowing students and teachers from the surrounding community to expand their cybersecurity knowledge and skills, at no cost to them. Since then, IUP has received funding to hold four additional camps, all of which have been successful in achieving the goals of the GenCyber program. For complete details of the GenCyber summer program, including detailed information about the upcoming 2019 GenCyber summer camp, please visit the IUP GenCyber Summer Program Pages.
In 2017, the National Security Agency announced a new national initiative focused on expanding cybersecurity education at national Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C). In response to this initiative, Farag and his team carefully designed a program that identified and addressed the challenges faced in cybersecurity education using research, tutoring services, weekend workshops, and a summer camp to achieve the goals of the program.
The Expansion of CAE-C Education Program was successfully funded by the NSA and ran for the entirety of academic year 2017-2018. For complete details on this project, including tutoring resources, workshop and research documents, as well as grant statistics, please visit the IUP Expansion of CAE-C Education Program page.
In 2013, Fiddner, Professor of Political Science (ret. 2018) was awarded a grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government for his project titled “Decision Making Implications of Defining and Understanding Cyberspace.” This grant was designed to help accurately define cyberspace, utilizing round table discussions that were attended by faculty, students, and industry leaders. The topics of these roundtable discussions focused on how decision makers in government and industry can better handle and respond to security threats.
In 2000, the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security announced a new scholarship program titled CyberCorps Scholarship for Service. This program provides funds for college students to pursue an education in cybersecurity, and upon graduation, find employment within the Federal Government.
In 2012, William Oblitey, professor of Computer Science (ret. 2017), Rose Shumba, professor of Computer Science, and Jennifer Gossett, professor of Criminology designed a program that addressed the growing need for cybersecurity professionals, and successfully received funding for the IUP Cyber Catch Scholarship program. This program provided support for tuition reimbursement, stipends, and allowances for cybersecurity majors and minors. This program ended in fall 2018. For more details regarding this grant, please visit the Cyber Catch Scholarship Program page.