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NCCU School of Business Awarded $300,000

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Durham, N.C. – The Computer Science and Business Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has received a $300,000 grant of support from an anonymous donor for the development of a state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab in the School of Business.

The lab will provide a real-world environment where students can learn important skills and techniques to support the ever growing and changing cybersecurity principles and frameworks.

“NCCU School of Business is uniquely positioned in one of the countries’ most celebrated locations for research and technology,” said Dr. Anthony Nelson, NCCU School of Business dean. “We are committed to being of service to the community and continuing to be an important voice in efforts that protect the well-being of our personal and private cyber footprint.”

As technology use increases, protection of data and information is essential for secure transactions in commerce and other functions of daily life. However, a significant shortage of workers with cybersecurity expertise currently exists, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which reports that employment of cybersecurity personnel is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026.

“The evolved proliferation and ubiquitous use of Information Communications Technology resources has presented the need for a far more extensive platform for research, knowledge and study related to cybersecurity,” said Donna Grant, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Computer Science and Business Program. “Additionally, the creation of this lab will grant the students the required toolkit needed to be a part of the diversification of the cybersecurity workforce.”

Training students in NCCU’s new cybersecurity lab will help fulfill our nation’s need for more cybersecurity talent, Grant pointed out.

The cybersecurity lab will provide students with hands-on training in how to setup, administer, and secure a network within an industry or government environment. Some of these skillsets include network development, cryptography, cyber defense and regulatory compliance.

North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. NCCU is a constituent institution of the University North Carolina System. Visit www.nccu.edu.

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