Florida A&M partners with IBM to provide cybersecurity professional development resources

  • Florida A&M Univesity announced a partnership with technology industry leader IBM to prepare cybersecurity students to enter the workforce
  • The initiative provides the university with a variety of tools to acclimate to a professional cybersecurity environment, including proprietary software and simulated cyberattacks.
  • The partnership is free for the university and aims to alleviate a national labor shortage

Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced a new partnership with tech giant IBM to provide students with cybersecurity development resources this week.

The partnership is primarily aimed at providing more jobs to the cybersecurity sector. A recent internal study conducted by IBM indicates that understaffed organizations have, on average, $550,000 more in breach costs than those who report having sufficient staff.

With more than 500,000 cybersecurity job vacancies across the country, companies like IBM have turned to colleges and universities to prepare outgoing students to enter the job market ready to start.

“Florida A&M University is honored to partner with IBM in this groundbreaking initiative to add our students and graduates to the ranks of leaders in the cybersecurity workforce. Our students are a largely untapped community of researchers who will inspire new energy and ingenuity in this industry. I look forward to seeing this initiative take shape and grow in the years to come,” said the FAMU President. larry robinson.

As part of the partnership, FAMU students will have access to a purpose-built security learning portal that will feature exclusive courses designed to help the university enhance its cybersecurity training portfolio.

Additionally, FAMU will receive the resources to simulate a high-level cybersecurity attack to allow students to practice response strategy. IBM states that through these simulations, FAMU will have access to IBM software hosted through its cloud system.

The partnership will not cost the university anything.

“Collaborations between academia and the private sector can help prepare students for success. This is especially true for HBCUs because their mission is so vital,” said Justina Nixon Saintil from IBM. “The Cybersecurity Leadership Centers we are co-creating with historically Black colleges and universities embody our commitment to the Black community and STEM education; it also builds on our commitment to train 150,000 people in cybersecurity over three years.

FAMU’s Center for Cybersecurity was recently awarded the distinction of National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The university says the program is a response to a national need, citing the field as one of the most pressing economic and security challenges currently facing the country.

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