America is Short of 500K Cybersecurity Professionals, Cal State San Bernardino to Undo that With a $3.8M Grant for its Cybersecurity Program

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Sep 6, 2021


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Cal State University, San Bernardino, received a $3.8M grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant aims to help CSUSB continue its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program.

This can help plug the 500K deficit America faces in cybersecurity professionals.

To date, 100 CSUSB students have entered into federal government careers in cybersecurity, said Tony Coulson, CSUSB’s executive director of the Cybersecurity Center. And from 2010-2020, the Center brought in over $17.5 million worth of grant-sponsored programs.

What is  CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program?

Cal State USB’s program accepts both undergraduate and graduate students into the program; however, the stipend amount for both is different.

The scholarship covers tuition and books paid for, and students receive a stipend of $25,000 per year for undergraduate and $34,000 per year for graduate students. Another official page of the university puts across the scholarship stipend at $50k and $80k for undergrads and graduates, respectively,

“This is the fourth award for this scholarship and great news for our students as it will help us increase the number of graduates entering the cybersecurity field,” Coulson said. 

Tony Coulson | Director, CSUSB’s executive director of the Cybersecurity Center

Cybersecurity Degrees at the CSUSB

The California State University, San Bernardino, offers a variety of degree programs in cybersecurity. “CSUSB has more options for cybersecurity degrees than anyone in California,” Coulson said. “We have four bachelor’s degrees and five master’s degrees that reflect the diversity of skills in cybersecurity. These degrees range from information systems to national security, business and public administration, and criminal justice,” said Coulson, the Cybersecurity Center’s director.

You can access the university’s full list of cybersecurity degree programs here.

The Origins of CSUSB’s Cybersecurity Center

The Cybersecurity Center at CSUSB was set up by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), designating CSUSB as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance.

Later, in 2014, CSUSB received the designation as a CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CD) through 2021, 

Although the current grant is for the university’s CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program, it also runs another program called the Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Scholarship Program.

CSUSB as a Cybersecurity- Academic Center of Excellence

Last year, the National Security Agency (NSA) named CSUSB as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C). CAE-C is an educational institution designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C). The institution has to meet the NSA’s rigorous requirements to be continually qualified as a CAE-C.

The university last year won a $10.5 grant from the NSA.

Since you are here, you might want to check out grants won by other universities and colleges (UC Riverside and Chaffey College) of the Inland Empire.

We covered this in our Weekly Wire Roundup.

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