Science board boosts cyber services
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Aug 07, 2000
The National Science Board formally approved Aug. 3 the National Science
Foundation's Federal Cyber Services program, developed by NSF with the Clinton
administration to provide scholarships to information security students
in return for federal service.
Although the House Appropriations Committee failed to approve the $11.2
million request to start developing the program with an initial 100 scholarships
in the House version of NSF's 2001 appropriations bill, the agency is moving
ahead with plans this month to call universities to action.
It is estimated that 37,000 specialists in computer security systems
are needed in the government, but only 14 institutions are certified to
provide the training, NSB members said. NSF plans to release a solicitation
this month to universities for the Federal Cyber Services scholarship program.