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Computer Science Professor Gets Cyber Grant


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California State Polytechnic University-Pomona professor Mohammed Husain.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.8-million grant to California State Polytechnic University-Pomona professor Mohammed Husain to help him prepare undergraduates to work in cybersecurity.

Credit: California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded California State Polytechnic University-Pomona professor Mohammad Husain a $1.8-million grant to prepare undergraduates to work in cybersecurity.

Over the next five years, Husain will work with students on Android devices, testing flaws in cybersecurity and proactively patching them. He plans to train students for work in the emerging field of smartphone security, and also for cybersecurity work in the federal government. Husain also plans to put some of the money toward sending students to cybersecurity competitions.

Moreover, he hopes to reach out to the Los Angeles Unified School District in an effort to introduce high school students to the field. Husain plans to bring the next group of computer science students into the cybersecurity program next quarter.

"The research in the fields I want to work on is far behind," he says. "My hopes are this grant will help students succeed whether it is research or a competition. We now have the ability to send students to these cybersecurity competitions. I want us to get to national level soon."

From The Poly Post (CA)
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