Cal Poly Announces Major New Initiative in Cybersecurity Education
Program Supported by Northrop Grumman Foundation Grant Includes Cyber Lab That is First of Its Kind in the U.S.
With the establishment of a Cybersecurity Center, the opening of a new cyber lab and the development of cybersecurity curriculum, Cal Poly is poised to become a leading supplier of cyber-ready experts, professionals and innovators. Spearheaded by the College of Engineering, the major new educational initiative encompasses a comprehensive and collaborative program that spans the polytechnic university and partners with public and private organizations. The goals of the program include educating thousands of students in cybersecurity awareness and readiness; producing experts in cyber technologies and systems, including many professionals who will serve the military and defense industry; and graduating cyber innovators who are prepared for advanced study and applied research in emerging cyber issues. Part of the cybersecurity initiative, the Cal Poly – Northrop Grumman Cyber Lab is set to open for classes in January 2014. The undergraduate and graduate teaching facility — the first of its kind in the nation — was made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
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A Shared Vision: Aware Awake Alive and Cal Poly
In January, Cal Poly and Aware Awake Alive will begin training representatives from the other 22 California State University campuses on how to implement programming from the nonprofit organization aimed at saving lives from alcohol poisoning. It is just the latest step in the nearly five-year partnership between Cal Poly and Aware Awake Alive — founded by Scott, Julia and Hayden Starkey — a relationship born in tragedy but now flourishing in the shared vision of promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of students everywhere. The story began in 2008 when 18-year-old Carson Starkey came to Cal Poly from his hometown of Austin, Texas, to begin his freshman year. Less than three months later, Carson died from alcohol poisoning in a fraternity hazing incident. Out of the tragedy, his family created their nonprofit organization aimed at saving lives from alcohol poisoning. In place among Cal Poly's educational efforts since 2011, Aware Awake Alive is now poised to spread its message of safety throughout the CSU.
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