[ISN] NSA Teams Up With Colleges to Train Students for Secret Cyber-Ops Jobs

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 06:34:38 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
May 22, 2012

The National Security Agency is partnering with select universities to 
train students in cyber operations for intelligence, military and law 
enforcement jobs, work that will remain secret to all but a select group 
of students and faculty who pass clearance requirements, according to 

The cyber-operations curriculum is part of the Obama administration’s 
national initiative to improve cybersecurity through education, and is 
designed to prepare students for jobs with the U.S. Cyber Command, the 
NSA’s signals intelligence operations, the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation and other law enforcement agencies that investigate cyber 

The U.S. Cyber Command’s job is, in part, to support the military in 
offensive cyber operations against enemy networks, suggesting the 
students would be trained in the methods of hackers.

“We’re trying to create more of these, and yes they have to know some of 
the things that hackers know, they have to know a lot of other things 
too, which is why you really want a good university to create these 
people for you,” Neal Ziring, technical director at the NSA’s 
Information Assurance Directorate, told Reuters.


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