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The College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) has developed a solid infrastructure for cybersecurity education, including the establishment of both a strong practically-oriented cybersecurity component to the Computer Science program and a Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS). The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Sacramento State's CIAS a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) for academic years 2007 - 2012 and again for 2012 - 2017.
The CIAS is housed within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Sacramento State. The mission of the Center is to advance knowledge of information assurance and security practices through i) education, training, and awareness programs in information assurance and security issues and practices; ii) applied research in information assurance and security; iii) developing interdisciplinary programs in information assurance and security; iv) outreach programs to assist our community, including community colleges, K-12 schools, industry, and government in information assurance and security issues; and v) forming collaborations with other education, research, industry, and government institutions.
In 2010 the National Science Foundation awarded Sacramento State's Computer Science Department a $1.19 million four-year grant to enable 15 students to become cybersecurity specialists as part of the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. The funding has helped Sacramento State to establish a strong SFS program and to increase security education into our curriculum. Based on an evaluation conducted by an external consultant, our SFS program has been successful in producing well-prepared graduates that meet the needs of employers and helping them find appropriate government positions. The program has achieved very strong placement of students in qualified post-graduation positions. This placement success can be attributed to the strong relationships we have established with several federal agencies, national labs, and state agencies.
Sacramento State has been awarded additional funding from NSF that will support students in computer science or computer engineering students to become cybersecurity specialists over a period of five years starting in Fall 2015. This award is expected to total $2,904,651. It will cover their educational expenses in their final two to three years before receiving their degrees and allow for one student from each of the first three cohorts to receive a third-year of funding to extend their studies from the BS to the MS program. The ECS College has the infrastructure to recruit, support, and retain scholarship recipients to degree-completion in cybersecurity related fields, as well as to assist them with summer internships and post-graduation job placements.
Scholarship recipients must complete either a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CSc) or Computer Engineering (CpE), or a Master’s degree in CSc/CpE within two years of entering the SFS program. Some students may receive a third-year of funding to extend their studies from the BS to the MS program provided that they meet admission requirements to the Master’s degree program in CSC or CpE. Qualified juniors and seniors are eligible through the undergraduate track. Graduating seniors can also apply through the graduate track if they plan to pursue a graduate degree in CSc or CpE at Sacramento State. New and existing CSc or CpE graduate students are eligible to apply under the graduate track.
In addition to their degrees, SFS recipients who successfully complete the program in Computer Science will receive a Certificate in Information Assurance.
Beginning Fall 2015, each scholarship recipient will receive the following benefits for up to two years. Some students may receive a third-year of funding to extend their studies from the BS to the MS program.
Scholarship recipients must meet the following requirements:
ECS awards SFS scholarship to motivated students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and a sincere interest in information assurance and computer security, who meet the SFS eligibility criteria, and who are confirmed as qualified for employment in the Federal Cyber Service by OPM. Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
A faculty panel will review all applicants who have applied by the application deadline and meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Potential candidates will be interviewed in person or by telephone before the final selection. Preference will be given to those applicants who can stay in the program for two years.
All scholarship recipient must agree to the terms stated in the Student Service Agreement (posted at http://www.ecs.csus.edu/sfs/service_greement.pdf) and must participate in activities and meetings organized by the SFS program at Sacramento State including program orientation, academic advising, , colloquiums and workshops on cybersecurity, field trips, mentoring and socializing events.
The review panel may request additional information to be submitted by candidates.Completed applications should be sent to:
Scholarship for Service
Department of Computer Science
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6021
Applications can also be submitted electronically in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications won’t be considered.
The Computer Science department offers an Information Assurance and Security (IA) certificate program at both graduate and undergraduate levels. At the undergraduate level, students successfully passing the following three courses are eligible to receive the IA certificate:
At the graduate level, a student successfully passing three of the following courses is eligible to receive an IA graduate certificate:
The department offers an interdisciplinary Minor in Information Security and Cyber Forensics. This is a 21-unit series of courses, including CSc 114 Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, CSc 115 Internet and Law, and CSc 116 Cyber Forensics. Most students in these classes are from our Criminal Justice department. Students in this department are encouraged not only to take the Cybersecurity minor, but also to take any of the above three courses as an elective for their Criminal Justice degree.
Alongside these programs, the College of Engineering houses Center for Information Assurance and Security. The mission of the Center for Information Assurance and Security is to advance knowledge of information assurance and security practices through:
The Center received National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education designation that is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for academic years 2007 - 2017.
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