- On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and White House Science Advisor John Holdren announced that a $25 million grant will be disbursed over the next five years to support cybersecurity education.
- The money will go toward the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium comprised of 13 historically black colleges and universities, two national labs, and the Charleston County School District.
- The growth of cyber crime has highlighted the need for cybersecurity experts.
According to the White House press release, the demand for cybersecurity experts is growing a staggering 12 times faster than the U.S. job market.
The program and its connection to the Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships Program housed in its National Nuclear Security Administration highlights growing attention to both STEM studies and the need to get minority students involved in these fields.