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Mount earns $15,000 grant for cybersecurity project

January 29, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount Saint Mary College’s Sagar Raina, assistant professor of Information Technology in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology, recently secured a nearly $15,000 grant for a cybersecurity research project.

Mount Saint Mary College was recently awarded a nearly $15,000 grant for a National Security Agency project titled “The Cybersecurity Labs and Resource Knowledgebase (CLARK) – A Prototype.”

The grant, awarded by Towson University, was secured by Sagar Raina, assistant professor of Information Technology in the Division of Mathematics and Information Technology at the Mount. 

Raina is a sub-principal investigator on the project and will study the usability of the Cybersecurity Labs and Resource Knowledgebase system developed by Towson University. The study will involve development of questioner methods, data collection, and analysis to evaluate the usability of the CLARK prototype.

According to Raina, “Usability is a critical component of information systems. Usability is defined as how effectively, efficiently, and satisfactorily a user can complete a task using a system.”

RIGHT: Mount Saint Mary College’s Sagar Raina, assistant professor of Information Technology, recently secured a nearly $15,000 grant for a cybersecurity research project. 

Raina earned a doctoral degree in Information Technology from Towson University. His work has been published in top-tier conferences like World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE) and Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE).

For students interested in a career in cybersecurity, the Mount’s Division of Mathematics and Information Technology offers a Cybersecurity concentration for undergraduate IT majors. The program provides comprehensive coverage of technical, ethical, legal, and contemporary topics in the field; skills to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities in software applications, operating systems, computer networks, and mobile networks; and an insider understanding of the mathematical algorithms behind encryption and decryption techniques.

There is an increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 200,000 cybersecurity-related jobs remained unfilled in 2016, which is projected to grow by 18 percent by the year 2024. The median annual wage for an information security analyst was above $90,000 in 2016.