Norwich University Applied Research Institutes to develop cybersecurity course for first responders


March 22, 2016

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been contracted to develop a cybersecurity course for first-responders. On February 11, 2016, NUARI signed a Subaward Agreement in the amount of $251,301 with the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute as prime contractor.

As a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), NUARI has received a subaward under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security National Training Program to develop a 64-hour web-based course.

The NUARI web-based course will be entitled “Introduction to Vulnerability Assessment.” The objective of the course is to provide instruction enabling students to evaluate vulnerability assessment, threat assessment and risk analysis projects as they relate to cyber security. After development is complete and the course is certified by DHS FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED), six courses will be delivered and approximately 200 students will be trained during the program period. The course will then be added to FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED) course catalog and made available on the ongoing basis.

“Norwich continues to develop cutting edge educational experiences with direct access to cyber security tools,” NUARI President Phil Susmann said. “This body of work further expands the Norwich educational audience and is aimed at preparing state and local first responders with the tools needed to protect an increasing cyber centric world that becomes less secure each day.”

The award, totaling $3 million, is disbursed among the consortium.

The NCPC training objective for this award is to develop and deliver two new instructor-led, hands-on, scenario-driven courses, and three new web-based courses. The courses collectively touch on many different topic areas in cybersecurity including network security, network monitoring, incident response and recovery, information sharing, security awareness, policy, disaster recovery, business continuity, and risk/vulnerability management.

Each of the five NCPC courses developed through this program are targeted to serve the following professional disciplines: Emergency Management Agencies, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials Personnel, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, State and Local Governments, Public/Private Utilities, and all other critical infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.

Since 2013 NUARI has partnered and collaborated with four university centers, which formed the NCPC. 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 October 2014, the NCPC received an award in the amount of $2,379,124.00, with NUARI serving as the prime contractor and program manager for the project. The FY2014 award period of performance extends through September 30, 2017.

The FY2015 award is being supported by Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Homeland Security National Training Program, CFDA 97.005, under award number EMW-2015-CA-00152-S01.

The FY2014 award is being supported by Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Homeland Security National Training Program, CFDA 97.005, under award number EMW-2014-CA-00129.


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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