AACC to share grant for cybersecurity studies

Education Beat

November 20, 2005|By CHRIS YAKAITIS | CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTER

Anne Arundel Community College will share in a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an East Coast regional center for cybersecurity studies.

"This is one of the hottest technology areas in computing today," said Fred Klappenberger, department chairman of computer information systems at the college. "There's a real threat to networks, to the Internet and to computer systems, in business computers as well as personal computers."

The grant will support CyberWATCH (Washington Area Technician and Consortium Headquarters), a regional development group that includes 10 Washington-area colleges, five high schools and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The project is scheduled to officially begin in January, but Anne Arundel Community College plans to start its portion next month. Klappenberger said that Anne Arundel was the first community college in Maryland to offer an associate's degree in information systems security.

The program started this year with great success, he said, with 33 students selecting it as their major "as soon as it opened."

chris.yakaitis@baltsun.com

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