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NSA Wants to Turn College Students Into Cyber Ops Experts

by Brandon Russell | May 24, 2012May 24, 2012 11:00 pm PST

Cyber SecurityYour vast computer knowledge could one day earn you a unique college degree, and maybe even a career with the government. A new program under the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to educate college students with the hope of ultimately yielding “a larger pool of professionals with expertise in [Cyber Ops].”

The program is part of the President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, which is designed for students who are interested in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Program participants won’t actually engage in any official U.S. government work, but those who really excel in their prospective field will also get an opportunity to take part in cutting-edge summer seminars at the NSA, the press release said.

The first four schools chosen to receive CAE-Cyber Operations designation are Dakota State University, the Naval Postgraduate School, Northeastern University, and the University of Tulsa.

Many of the nation’s colleges and universities offer courses or promote projects in cybersecurity. NSA’s new program differs in that it integrates the relevant academic disciplines, with a focus on technology and the techniques associated with specialized cyber operations – collection, exploitation, and response, for example. Each new center is also required to include an academic unit about the legal and ethical issues in this area.

And your parents said all those nights you spent on the computer would never amount to anything.

[via ArsTechnica, NSA]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...