DOD preps security scholarships

The Defense Department is close to announcing details on its Information Security Scholarship Program, which is designed to recruit and retain computer and network security professionals.

DOD is expected to release a solicitation Friday for its scholarship program, which was mandated in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2001. The program is similar to the civilian Scholarship for Service program managed by the National Science Foundation but is specific to DOD.

The department expects to have about $2 million this year for the program, which consists of:

* Scholarships that will be awarded to individuals studying information assurance in exchange for a two-year commitment to work for the department.

* Grants that will be awarded to institutions to expand information assurance courses.

The program targets students enrolled in or applying to Centers of Excellence for Information Assurance Education as designated by the National Security Agency, which is running the scholarship program for DOD.

DOD and non-DOD students are eligible to apply, and scholarships will be awarded for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The department will test the program on a limited basis during Phase 1, which will last one to two years, and then will increase its depth and breadth during the following years, according to an NSA representative speaking this week at the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.