The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program. New York University, Towson University, the U.S. Military Academy, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of New Orleans will host specialized centers to train college students in cybersecurity.
Students in the program focus on fields such as computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering; they face a rigorous application and screening process to get into the program.
Dean of NSA's College of Cyber Operations Steven LaFountain stresses the importance of integrity and compliance in grooming college students for the agency. "Cybersecurity technical skills are increasingly important in national defense, but it's equally important to operate within the bounds of the law and Constitution," he notes.
Thirteen schools now host NSA cyber-operations programs.
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