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Cisco gifts $150 million for HBCU cybersecurity

Cisco has announced a $150 million donation to the Student Freedom Initiative that will help fund a partnership to bolster cybersecurity at historically Black colleges and universities. The Student Freedom Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on students at minority-serving institutions, is prioritizing cybersecurity to ensure HBCUs keep federal Title IV funding by meeting federal requirements. The Cisco gift will be split $100 million toward bringing HBCU cybersecurity system upgrades and $50 million will establish an endowment to offer alternative student loans. Emily Bamforth has more.

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Columbus State U. plans network refresh

Columbus State University will use $10 million from federal coronavirus relief funding to finish a refresh of the school’s computing network, speeding up a process started before the pandemic began. Updating the university’s technology infrastructure will allow it to accommodate an increasingly online campus community by reducing latency and increasing stability, said Theodore Laskaris, who served as the Georgia university’s chief information officer in an acting capacity through the coronavirus pandemic and was recently promoted to the role permanently. Emily has it.

Alabama State U. announces $300k cybersecurity grant

Alabama State University last week announced a $300,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research designed to train more of its minority students in cybersecurity and improve the diversity of the field. The grant will be administered by three Alabama State faculty members to undergraduate students training to become military officers through the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Colin Wood has the details.

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