As the national demand for cybersecurity and other information technology services continues to grow, Prince George’s Community College remains at the forefront.
The Largo college’s National CyberWatch Security Center has received its second $5 million National Science Foundation grant to continue its programming for the next four years. The foundation supports CyberWatch in its mission to increase the quality and size of the cybersecurity workforce.
CyberWatch was established in 2005 and has grown to 95 member education institutions across 29 states and Washington, D.C., and more than 40 corporate and government partners.
The program, which focuses on the Greater Washington metropolitan area, has received about $8 million to date, including the original $5 million grant that started the program and the first $2.7 million installment of the new grant, the center’s director, Casey O’Brien, said Monday. The remaining $2.3 million is to be distributed in fiscal 2014 and ’15, he said.
“This certainly articulates the confidence the National Science Foundation has in the college to carry out the program’s requirements,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.
Since its creation, the center has educated more than 5,000 students, O’Brien said.
He said it is difficult for the center to establish clear goals for workforce numbers because the country still is struggling to delineate job roles for cybersecurity.
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