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Award Abstract #1303362

Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at The University of Arizona

NSF Org: DGE
Division Of Graduate Education
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Initial Amendment Date: September 6, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: June 6, 2016
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Award Number: 1303362
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Award Instrument: Continuing grant
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Program Manager: Victor P. Piotrowski
DGE Division Of Graduate Education
EHR Direct For Education and Human Resources
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Start Date: September 15, 2013
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End Date: August 31, 2018 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $3,169,730.00
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Investigator(s): Hsinchun Chen hchen@eller.arizona.edu (Principal Investigator)
Mark Patton (Co-Principal Investigator)
Paulo Goes (Co-Principal Investigator)
Salim Hariri (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Arizona
888 N Euclid Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719-4824 (520)626-6000
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NSF Program(s): FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER
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Program Reference Code(s): 7254, 7434, 9178, 9179, SMET
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Program Element Code(s): 1668

ABSTRACT

This project intends to create a new CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program at the department of Management Information Systems (MIS) of the University of Arizona (UA) especially aimed at recruiting from across the state, with particular emphasis on minority recruitment and retention. The proposed program encompasses several important areas of activity such as student mentoring and development; independent research study integrated into the program; assessment of student progress; internship and post-graduation placement assistance; and program assessment and evaluation. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance are critical to ensuring the integrity and availability demands of a modern, globally-networked infrastructure. The biggest challenge facing employers is finding employees with the right security skills, including operations security, information security risk management, and security management practices thus proving the SFS program timely, relevant, and beneficial. The MIS department at UA is renowned for its consistent ranking in the top five MIS programs in the country (U.S. News and World Report) for over 20 years. The approach to managing the program is deliberately cross-disciplinary and intended to support the broadest definition of cybersecurity, including information assurance, network security, trustworthy computing, risk management for IT, etc. The program is intended to address the great need for security training in the U.S. The curriculum includes dedicated coursework and significant research with world-class faculty in security and risk management, operations security, information security risk management, and security management practices. The ultimate goal of this program is to help broaden representation in science and technology and increase interest in and technological competence for government service. The program addresses a burgeoning need for knowledgeable security specialists by providing a pool of carefully cultivated and highly trained personnel. The project contributes to meaningful curriculum development that can serve as a model to other programs.

 

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