UNO Secures Another Grant to Improve Cybersecurity Education

University of New Orleans computer science professor Vassil Roussev has received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation. He received a similar grant in 2014 to offer students cutting-edge training in the field of cybersecurity.

“Realistic hands-on experiences in the lab are key to building strong cybersecurity skills for the real world,” said Roussev. “It takes a substantial effort on the part of the instructor to create, monitor and grade dozens of student lab assignments throughout the course.”

Roussev plans to develop an automated platform, the Automated Platform for Cyber Security Learning and Experimentation (AutoCUE), for teachers that will let them spend more time teaching and less time managing and grading assignments.

“Ultimately the successful implementation of the project will allow cybersecurity educators to spend more time working with students and developing class materials, which they will also be able to easily share with colleagues,” Roussev said.

The National Science Foundation is an an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through research programs and education projects.