Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Announces $2.3M FEMA Grant for Cybersecurity Consortium Providing Education


Nov. 6, 2017

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training grant for $2,267,000 for cybersecurity training for first responders.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). NCPC members have been developing and delivering training in partnership with DHS/FEMA and DHS/Cyber Security and Communications since 2004 through online and face-to-face courses. The NCPC is organized around the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) that emphasizes cybersecurity as being the responsibility of the “whole community.” The whole community includes the public and private sectors as well as any individual within the community who accesses the internet or a computer network. The other NCPC members are the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (Memphis); University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute (CJI); University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS); and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

“In order to effectively ensure our continued technical advantage and future cybersecurity, we must develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce and an effective pipeline of future cyber defenders,” NUARI President Phil Susmann said. “The need to provide up-to-date, easily accessible training is critical to the national efforts to reduce and manage cyber infrastructure risks.”

Since the original collaboration in 2004, NCPC members have delivered cybersecurity courses to 73,515 participants. NCPC member training has been delivered in an array of states, counties, local jurisdictions, and critical infrastructure components nationwide addressing cybersecurity and cyber terrorism concerns.

The FEMA Continuing Training Grant (CTG) funds support the development and delivery of courseware to improve the nation’s ability to effectively identify and respond to a cybersecurity incident. These additional funds will support the development of courseware in identified knowledge gaps as well as continue the delivery of existing curriculum to state and local first responders. All of the members of the consortium will assist in the development and delivery of the CTG 2017 project objectives.


Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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