Indiana University says it has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a new project to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts. IU says the award supplements a $2.25 million NSF grant it received last year as a participating institution in CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service.
The program trains information technology professionals and security managers to fill the expanding workforce pipeline in cybersecurity needs for various levels of governments.
IU says the first cohort of its Scholarship for Service students began this fall. They are pursuing master’s degrees in cybersecurity risk management and secure computing and doctoral degrees in cybersecurity from the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.
The university says the role of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity is rapidly becoming a critical concern worldwide.
“AI’s value for cybersecurity is in its ability to automatically sift through large quantities of data, including malware, log files and the Dark Web, and detect patterns missed by manual analysis,” said Sagar Samtani, assistant professor of operations and decision technologies at the IU Kelley School of Business Samtani.
The NSF-funded project will include three major initiatives to ascertain the current state of cyber-AI education and develop curricular recommendations for the CyberCorps programs nationwide.
The researchers’ initial findings are expected to be presented in January.
“We believe that our report, including its discoveries and recommendations, will provide clearer and more targeted strategies for successfully integrating cyber-AI concepts and materials into curricula,” Samtani said.