At a press conference held at Norwich University’s Mack Hall Buczko Cyber War Room on Thursday, March 21, Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced the award of three major contracts totaling approximately $7.3 million that continue Leahy’s long-standing support of cybersecurity education programs and research at Norwich.
“The threat today, that our students are going to be really challenged with for the rest of their lives, is this cyberthreat,” President Richard W. Schneider said at the opening of the press conference.
Of the grant, around $5.9 million is funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, and is supported by the United States Air Force to expand Norwich University Applied Research Institutes’ (NUARI) simulation-based cyber exercise tool. $499,000 will go towards the development of an energy-resilience research track that includes cybersecurity issues.
Lastly, $905,000 will help fund the education of National Guard and Reserve Forces through Norwich’s CGCS online programs in response and recovery of cybersecurity issues.
“Norwich University is at the forefront of partnering with federal agencies to make Americans safer and our students more prepared for the 21st century workforce,” Leahy said. “I’m proud to continue my longstanding support of their efforts through the appropriations process, and proud of the world-class education going on right here in Vermont. This work is important, and it is timely.”
To execute command and control exercises, strengthening coordination between Defense Support to Civilian Authority in response to a Cybersecurity Incident, Norwich will engage with members of the National Guard and state leadership in the states of Vermont, Washington, Virginia, and Florida,
Cybersecurity scholarships will be awarded to 33 students out of the certificate programs (Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cybercrime and Cyber Law, and Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations), [AGL1] which were developed in response to NSA requirements, and to seven students of the Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance degree program.
To watch the full press conference, please visit the Norwich University Facebook page.
Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com. Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.