The federal funding will help purchase state-of-the-art equipment, lab equipment and support and renovate the CSUSB Yasuda Center, which will house the MSPA program.
The federal funding for the MSPA program is part of the federal fiscal year 2023 appropriations package and will be designated to purchase teaching and lab equipment.
Brian Levin (criminal justice) was interviewed about topics related to hate crimes and extremism, and Tony Coulson (information and decision sciences) discussed a Cybersecurity Center federal grant aimed at training more students to be cybersecurity professionals.
With the grant, the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center will focus its efforts on cyber defense, cyber research and cyber operations at educational institutions across the country. The goal is to solve the cybersecurity workforce deficit, which is now estimated to be 700,000 skilled professionals.
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, a long-time supporter of CSUSB and its Cybersecurity Center, was instrumental in the university receiving a $10.5 million grant from the National Security Agency in October 2020.
The five-year grant, “Proactive Approaches for Training Hispanics (PATHS) in STEM,” will help increase graduation rates and prepare students for graduate and professional schools.
Tony Coulson (cybersecurity) was interviewed about the need for more cybersecurity programs to meet the job demands in the future, David Yaghoubian (history) discussed the latest developments in the U.S. effort to rejoin the multi-national Iranian nuclear agreement, and Brian Levin (criminal justice) provided insight into a new Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism report that anti-Asian hate crimes sharply increased again in the first quarter of 2021.
Brian Levin (criminal justice) commented on a bill by a local congressman that would help prevent white nationalists from infiltrating the U.S. military.
The prestigious designation as the Community National Center for Cybersecurity Education illustrates CSUSB’s continued prominence as the premier institution of higher education for cybersecurity education.