[Ed. – The old sheriff’s back in town, and the military is being used to launder dollars for ideological constituencies again. Reminiscent of the sudden military passion for hyper-expensive algae-based fuels in the Obama years. Any way you slice it, this is a method of “improving cybersecurity” so indirect as to have no functional relation to the goal.]
An Alabama university was awarded a cybersecurity grant worth $300,000 with the aim of “increasing diversity” within the field.
Three Alabama State University faculty members will administer the “Increasing the Diversity in Cyber Security Through Undergraduate Research Experiences” grant to increase the number of cybersecurity graduates and ensure “the growth of minority students in the field.”
“The objectives of this project are to expose highly qualified Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) underrepresented minority students to advanced topics in cyber security through undergraduate research in state-of-the-art methodologies, the use of cyber security tools through active learning, with an end goal of obtaining professional certificates, higher academic studies, and/or careers in cyber security,” said Rajendran Swamidurai, a professor and coordinator of the university’s computer science program, in a Friday statement announcing the grant.