Cybersecurity Grant Benefits Region

Associate Professor of Computer Science Ron Zacharski, right, consults with then-student Taylor Dohmen ’18, far left, and Daniel Mulyono ’19 in a database class. Norm Shafer photo.

UMW will launch a new cybersecurity certification program – the only one of its kind in the Fredericksburg region – thanks to a $110,000 grant recently announced by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

Slated to begin in the spring of 2020, the program will target the area’s shortage of certified cybersecurity professionals, helping to fill existing positions and to create entrepreneurial opportunities. It will enable UMW to offer a 12-week, 40-hour noncredit program to prepare certified information systems security professionals for successful CISSP exam completion.

The UMW grant was part of more than $6.7 million in funding announced by Gov. Northam for seven regional projects in support of entrepreneurship, workforce, and talent-development initiatives.

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