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Bill to boost cybersecurity job training in HBCUs signed into law

There will be more HBCU talent in cybersecurity thanks to the passing of a new bill! Learn more in the statement from Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia’s 4th District.

Photo credit: Office of US Senator Jon Ossof

A bipartisan bill establishes the “Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program” to expand cybersecurity education and boost job opportunities

50% of funds will go to HBCUs, Tribal Institutions and Minorities

Georgian HBCU leaders celebrate enactment of bill

U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation to bolster professional cybersecurity training programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has been signed into law.

The bipartisan of Senator Ossoff and Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) Cybersecurity Opportunities Act creates the “Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program”, named after former US Surgeon General and Morehouse School of Medicine Dean, to expand cybersecurity training programs in HBCUs, Tribal Institutions, Serving Institutions minorities and other colleges and universities that serve a high proportion of Pell Grant recipients.

The bill, which was signed into law today as part of the CHIPS and the science law of 2022demands that 50% of Satcher grant funds go to HBCUs, tribal institutions, and minorities to support greater diversity and equal opportunity in cybersecurity.

“It’s been a long time coming, and it’s a big win for Georgia HBCUs and for cybersecurity in Georgia and across the country,” said Senator Ossoff.

“Now that this critical bill has finally been signed into law, HBCUs, their students, Georgia and our entire economy will reap the benefits of a more diverse and better educated workforce better able to protect us. against the threats of the 21st century”,Rep. Johnson said.

“It is vitally important that we do all we can to increase the number of minorities in science. Scientists solve humanity’s problems – and minorities in the United States have historically had limited access to the tools that will allow them to be a more representative part of that effort,” said Dr. David Satcher. “We have the opportunity to do a better job much earlier in developing the relatively new field of cybersecurity. I am honored that Senator Ossoff and Congressman Johnson have chosen to associate my name with this crucial initiative.

The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Angus King (I-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX ), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and John Boozman (R-AR).

“Cybersecurity training is one of the most needed skills in the future, as we see an increase in cybercrime, putting private information, energy reliability and national security at risk,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will open new doors and opportunities for HBCU students, including the thousands of talented HBCU students in North Carolina, that they otherwise would not have had. I am proud of our work on this bipartisan bill and commend the President for signing it into law. »

The House bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Nikema Williams (GA-05), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Karen Bass (CA-37), Deborah K. Ross ( NC-02), Ritchie Torres (NY-15), Dina Titus (NV-01), Andre Carson (IN-07), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Val Demings (FL-10), Kweisi Mfume (MD -07), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), William R. Keating (MA-09), Alma S. Adams (NC-12), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Jim Costa (CA-16), Marc A. Veasey (TX-33), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Barbara Lee (CA-13 ), Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Steve Cohen (TN-09 ), GK Butterfield (NC-01), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Joseph D. Morelle (NY-25), Colin Allred (TX-32), Al Green (TX-09) and Ro K Hanna (CA-17).

“Congratulations to Senator Ossoff and his colleagues for adopting the Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Fellowship Program, which will create greater diversity in the important and growing field of cybersecurity and provide more opportunities liberal arts college students who want to pursue careers in cybersecurity,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president of Spelman College. “This program, named after one of my closest long-time mentors, will increase research, education, technical, partnership and innovation capacity for cybersecurity programs, research and experiments. training in an area that now affects all aspects of our lives. As a college with a mission to educate the next generation of young women of African descent, I am excited about the many opportunities this program will open up for student populations who have been underrepresented in the cybersecurity industry.

“The legislation not only reflects the critical importance of protecting the nation’s digital infrastructure, but also recognizes the irreplaceable value of historically black colleges and universities in preparing an analytical and highly skilled workforce for address emerging challenges, said David A. Thomas, Ph.D., president of Morehouse College. “Like the innovative Morehouse alumnus for whom the ‘Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program’ will be named, our students and graduates have the skills, ingenuity, drive and expertise to shape our technological future.

“We are grateful to Senator Ossoff for his support of HBCUs and increasing opportunities for students to work in cybersecurity and applaud his bipartisan Cybersecurity Opportunities Act be signed into law,” said Kimberly Ballard-Washington, president of Savannah State University. “Our College of Science Technology is the only HBCU in the region to offer ABET-accredited engineering technology programs and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology with a cybersecurity track, and we are excited to expand this new program. The doctor. The David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant program will directly impact Savannah State’s ability to produce more students ready for a global workforce, addressing cybersecurity needs across all industries.

“As we know and have seen in recent months, cybersecurity is critical whether the technology is used in private industry or government. Strong training programs in our country’s HBCUs can play a major role in the development, education and training of a diverse and innovative workforce of cybersecurity professionals,”said Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, president of Paine College. “Senator Ossoff’s legislation will be a tremendous boost in the development, expansion and strengthening of cybersecurity programs in HBCUs to meet the growing needs in the field. This is especially true for HBCUs such as Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, as Augusta is a leader in cybersecurity with nearby Fort Gordon as the home of the US Army Signal School, US Cyber ​​Center of Excellence and the US Army Cyber ​​Command.

“Producing more STEM majors and graduates with cybersecurity education is a national security imperative. As president of the 19 universities that make up the 1890 HBCU Land Grant Institutions, we have made it a system-wide priority to focus on rebuilding our infrastructure and addressing our deferred maintenance so that we can take advantage of opportunities like the “Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program. I want to thank Senator Ossoff for his work on this important effort and look forward to continuing to work with him and his colleagues on future projects,” said Dr. Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University and chairman of the 1890 Land Grant Council of Universities.

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