University of New Orleans Professor Receives Grant to Expand Cybersecurity Program

Golden RichardThe National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency has granted University of New Orleans (UNO) professor Golden Richard $105,000 to expand his cybersecurity training program.

The funding will support 20 additional program participants. The intensive program, geared toward high school teachers, will continue this summer from July 20 to 31 at UNO. Participants will be given the chance to learn from Richard completely free of charge, including lodging, travel and meals.

Richard says participants can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity and to prepare them to transition what they learn into their own classrooms. “There is a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity in order to meet huge demands for well-trained professionals in both the public and private sectors.”

The program hopes to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among the teachers, to help integrate cybersecurity topics into high school coursework, to increase cybersecurity awareness among students, and to boost enrollment in cybersecurity programs at the college level.

UNO is the only university in the state that is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency.

In August 2014, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO), Vassil Roussev, received a two-year, $300,000 grant to offer students cutting-edge training in the field of cybersecurity.

For more information on how to apply to the program, visit