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$1 million NSF grant to aid doctoral students who study cyber security

Ram DantuA nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide scholarships for doctoral students to study cyber security and information assurance in the College of Engineering, College of Business and College of Information.

The new program builds on UNT’s leadership as one of only seven institutions in the United States to be designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. UNT also has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Institutions with these designations are recognized as leaders in cyber security education and research.

About six students will be accepted into the new program, which begins in Fall 2013, and each will receive about $50,000 per year in scholarship funding.

“Students who are accepted to the program will take core courses from UNT’s colleges of engineering, business and information,” said Ram Dantu, right, professor of computer science and engineering, who is leading the program. “Such an interdisciplinary education will help students advance the field of research.”

An education in cyber security and information assurance can lead graduates to careers in social and security engineering, which impact several industries, including supply chain management, electronic health record management, social networking and mobile phone security.

Students in the doctoral program will be able to develop and apply theoretical models drawing from multiple disciplines to solve security threats; conduct advanced data analysis and visualizing using data from emerging technologies such as smart phones and social networks; develop, interpret and administer local, state and federal security standards, policies and laws; and derive the social meanings of trust, identity and risk occurring in sectors including e-commerce, healthcare and telecommunications.

The growth of talent at UNT in the area of information assurance and computer security has grown over time, which led to the creation of the Center for Information and Computer Security. The center taps the knowledge, research and expertise of faculty in programs and organizations focused on security, information assurance and cyber crime. Faculty members involved in the center come from various departments, including Computer Science and Engineering, Criminal Justice and Information Technology and Decision Sciences.

- Leslie Wimmer, News Promotions

Posted on: Mon 07 January 2013

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