FIU awarded over $2 million to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity | FIU News

Cyber ​​Florida awarded FIU more than $2 million to fund four projects focused on educating and preparing students for careers in cybersecurity and information technology.

These scholarships, funded by the Cybersecurity and Information Technology Pathways (Cyber/IT Pathways) Programhelp expand CRF-led programs to address the national cybersecurity and information technology skills shortage by providing research, student professional development, K-12 outreach and public and non-profit development organizations.

“The FIU is extremely proud to have four programs selected under this grant,” said Elizabeth Béjar, Acting FIU Provost. “The results of these funded projects will reinforce the impact of the preeminent emerging Cybersecurity@FIU program and underscore our continued commitment to research and development of best practices in this area.”

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in cybersecurity are expected to grow by 33% between 2020 and 2030, which is significantly faster than the average for all other occupations. CyberSek’s Cybersecurity Supply and Demand Heatmap indicates that there are currently over 700,000 cybersecurity job openings in the United States alone. Florida is the 4th state with the most job openings.

The Cyber/IT Pathways program is a joint initiative of the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber ​​Florida) to inspire and prepare more students to pursue fulfilling and lucrative careers in cybersecurity. /information technology (IT) while helping to solve the problem. national shortage of skills in these areas.

“Cyber/IT Pathways represents a major investment in improving the readiness of Floridians for critical jobs in cybersecurity and IT,” said James Welsh, director of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and principal investigator of Florida Cyber /IT Pathways Program. “We are thrilled to have Florida International University as a regional partner supporting this vital initiative and helping to ensure Florida’s K-16 community is well served by this grant opportunity.”

As part of the $15.6 million Cyber/IT Pathways program initiative, the following CRF-led programs have been selected for funding:

Project HaHa” (hands-on physical security training) secured $1.2 million in funding. The project, led by Professor Christian Poellabauer of the FIU Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, focuses on broadening and diversifying hardware security education to meet growing cybersecurity needs across the world. state and country.

The Minecraft-based cybersecurity professional development program for K-12 teachers secured funding of $250,000. Led by Professor Kemal Akkaya of the FIU Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, the program aims to pursue a playful approach to cybersecurity education based on one of the most popular games among teenagers, Minecraft.

The Cybersecurity Pathway Program for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, led by Professor Sukumar Ganapati of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, secured $680,000 in funding. This program will provide special online training and in-person workshops on cybersecurity and IT to professionals in public and nonprofit organizations to strengthen their offerings in their curriculum for underprivileged students.

The FIU Cyber ​​Threat Intelligence (CTI) Fellowship Program has secured over $280,000 in funding and is led by Hector Cadavid, associate director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. The CTI scholarship The program offers undergraduate and graduate students a one-year cybersecurity workforce pathway that includes interdisciplinary academic training, mentorship, professional development, and guaranteed post-program internships . The program will also provide students with Security+ certification training and cover exam fees.

This funding will further boost the FIU’s rapidly expanding cybersecurity programs and comes shortly after receives $2 million to develop artificial intelligence-based cybersecurity tools and leading the sold-out National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) 2022 conference, which focuses on exploring ways to develop a skilled cybersecurity workforce.

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