Drexel Cybersecurity Institute Joins Forces With U.S. Army Reserve to Train Next Generation of ‘Cyber Soldiers’

Drexel Cybersecurity Institute in DC
Representatives from Drexel's Cybersecurity Institute met with administrators from the U.S. Army Reserve to formalize an agreement that will make Drexel one of six national cybersecurity training centers for reservists. From left to right: Matt Lechtenberg (director of recruitment, CCI), Scott White (associate clinical professor, CCI), Alan Bynum (executive for strategic development and assistant research professor, CCI), Susan Aldridge (president, Drexel Online), Steven Weber (associate professor and director, Drexel Cybersecurity Institute), David Fenske (founding dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor, CCI), Norm Balchunas (assistant research professor and director of national security programs, Drexel Cybersecurity Institute).
Cyberspace is rapidly becoming the battleground of the 21st century. The prevalence and magnitude of cyber attacks during the past 18 months has illuminated the need for sophisticated soldiers and savvy security professionals to fortify the information systems and electronic data on which our nation now depends. This demand has led the U.S. Army Reserve to partner with six academic institutions, including Drexel University, to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

In a partnership formalized today, called the U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Public Private Partnership Initiative (Cyber P3), Drexel joins the University of Washington, George Mason University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Norwich University and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs as six centers of cybersecurity training for the U.S. Army Reserve.

“The demand for these individuals and units far outpaces the current cyber soldier and unit inventory,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, Chief of the United States Army Reserve. “The GAO estimates that there is currently a need for 40,000 cybersecurity professionals just to satisfy the government’s demand. Our belief is the Cyber P3 effort will serve as a seed to enhance these critical efforts and lessen the skilled soldiers shortage gap.”

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