Congress funds future digital defenders
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 24, 2000
National Plan for Information Systems Protection
A program to train the next generation of federal cyberspace workers cleared
a major hurdle this month.
Congress approved the full funding request this month for a program
that will provide scholarship money to students pursuing degrees in information
security. In exchange, the scholarship recipients will work at federal agencies
The final amount of $11.2 million, contained in the Veterans Affairs-Housing
and Urban Development appropriations bill, will go to the National Science
Foundation for the administration's Scholarship for Service program. It
is part of the larger Federal Cyber Services initiative proposed by President
Clinton in the National Plan for Information Systems Protection in January.
NSF will work with universities and colleges to develop appropriate
coursework and programs for students. The agency also will work with the
Office of Personnel Management to move those students into agencies that
are searching to fill much-needed security positions.
After holding up the program for more than a month to wait for funding,
NSF plans to release its request for grants to the universities this week,
said Shirley Malia, program director for the Federal Cyber Services at the
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office.