MSU awarded $3M cybersecurity grant

Staff Writer

Mississippi State University will receive $3.11 million from the National Science Foundation to train cybersecurity professionals.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss, announced the funds Monday in Washington D.C. The grant is for MSU’s involvement in the NSF CyberCorps Scholarship For Service, and will be used to expand the university’s participation in the program to
train cybersecurity professionals. The grant, including an August installment of $1.49 million is a continuation of the program through July 2022. The program is administered through the MSU Center for Computer Security.

The grant also will support East Mississippi Community College students before they transfer into the MSU cybersecurity program.

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly important component of our national security,” Cochran said. “Mississippi State has established itself by preparing students to be well-trained cybersecurity professionals. I am pleased the university has secured funding to continue this program for another five years.”

The program includes partnerships with historically black colleges including Mississippi Valley State University, Jackson State University and Tuskegee University. Partnerships with the University of South Alabama, the University of Texas at Tyler and Saint Cloud State University are also included.