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ASU given grant to protect information

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University's math and computer science department got a $298,612 grant for a program that teaches others how to protect their personal information.

The goal of the program is to make ASU a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. It would be the only center in Georgia.

ASU partnered with Auburn University for help to qualify for the grant. Professors say there is a shortage of technical savvy computer security professionals in the United States. The program would teach them how to protect sensitive and private information.

"We will be qualified to be a center for excellence for training as well as for hosting government officials to be certified in information assurance program," said Dr. Khalil Dajani, ASU Math & Computer Science Associate Professor.

The program will allow the University to offer more classes to a broader audience and especially to under-represented groups.

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