Clark Atlanta Among Schools Getting Cybersecurity Grant

There’s a push to bring more diversity to the cybersecurity field.

That’s why the federal government is spending $25 million to get historically black colleges involved.

Clark Atlanta University is getting $1.4 million of that grant to boost its computer science department.

“Primarily we are going to be using it for training of students and also getting students involved with research in cyber-security so that they are able to fully participate in this profession,” says Dr. Roy George, the professor and chair of Clark Atlanta’s Department of Computer Science.An audio version of this story.

George says this grant shows the Obama White House’s commitment to historically black colleges and universities.

“The last ten years have seen a huge growth in the need for cyber-security personnel and I think this grant would help us to diversify this pool.”

The grant, from the Department of Energy, will come over the next five years.

Twelve other colleges in the Southeast are also getting similar grants.