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Wpi Awarded $4.4 Million to Help Bolster the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce


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Artist's impression of the cybersecurity workforce.

A $4.4-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant will support the development of a program at Worcestor Polytechnic Institute aimed at preparing professionals in the federal government to address cybersecurity challenges and threats.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been awarded a $4.4-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop a program that will prepare professionals to address cybersecurity challenges and threats for the federal government.

The WPI Cybersecurity Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, will support the educational and professional development of domestic students who will then help the U.S. address a wide range of threats to national security.

"This exciting grant will allow WPI to elevate the already excellent value and skills that our graduates bring to the workforce," says WPI president Laurie Leshin.

The program will award 25 students significant scholarships over five years, along with stipends that cover books, travel, and other expenses. The students must commit to completing a summer internship with a participating federal, state, local, or tribal government agency, or federally funded research and development center and to one year of government employment for each year they receive scholarship funds.

"This program, specifically its outreach component, will allow us to attract the next generation to the profession," says WPI professor Craig Shue.

From Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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