[ISN] Cyber Corps funding boosted

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Date: Thu Aug 15 2002 - 04:06:37 PDT

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    By Colleen O'Hara 
    Aug. 14, 2002
    The government's Scholarship for Service program is getting an 
    infusion of new money, thanks to the supplemental funding bill signed 
    by President Bush Aug. 2.
    The supplemental included $19.3 million for the program, which offers 
    scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying 
    information assurance in exchange for two years of government service 
    in the federal Cyber Corps. The program also funds capacity building 
    About $8 million of the $19.3 million will go toward expanding the 
    program to four new schools, said Ernest McDuffie, program director 
    for the Scholarship for Service program at the National Science 
    Foundation, which runs the program.
    The four schools, which have not yet been named, will be added to the 
    11 institutions that now participate in the scholarship program. They 
    will be chosen from a list of "highly ranked proposals" that have been 
    submitted but were not previously funded because of lack of money, 
    McDuffie said.
    The remaining money will be used to help the schools already involved 
    in the scholarship program increase the number of students that can 
    participate, McDuffie said. 
    The extra funding will help double the size of the scholarship 
    program, from more than 100 students within the next six months to 200 
    to 300 students within the next two to three years, McDuffie said. 
    Preston Gillmore, a Scholarship for Service graduate student at the 
    University of Tulsa, said the plan to expand the program is a wise one 
    because "there are not enough trained network security professionals 
    available for either the public or private sectors."
    However, program officials should "allow the schools to continue to 
    expand their programs to create more information assurance instructors 
    and to adequately compensate their existing instructors," so that the 
    program can handle the increase in students, he said. 
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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