Multi-prong efforts will focus on educating underserved students

October 17, 2017

Striving to address a predicted shortfall of 1.8 million cyber defenders around the globe by 2022, federal officials are turning to Regis — well-known for its expertise in the field and for partnering with governmental entities, including the military, Homeland Security and the FBI.

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded an $804,000 grant to a team led by Dan Likarish, associate professor and director of the Center on Information Assurance Studies, that will enhance efforts to graduate workforce-ready cybersecurity professionals. The grant allows Regis to:

  • Reduce the technical and social barriers of middle and high school students entering the field through participation in cyber competitions;
  • Establish a bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity; and
  • Establish a partnership with the Colorado School of Mines to develop innovative coursework to teach leadership and team formation — elements critical to responding more quickly and effectively to cyber threats.

“This grant allows us to address a global need,” Likarish said. “We’re empowering underserved students with the skills and integrity to confront the next frontier of modern warfare.”

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