Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Gov. Terry McAuliffe have stated their goal to make the state the leader in cybersecurity through innovation, public-private cyber talent development, funding support and student scholarships.
Northern Virginia Community College said Thursday Warner and McAuliffe highlighted their efforts during Wednesday’s Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education.
The senator noted that academia, industry and government must collaborate amid the growing threat of material cybersecurity.
McAuliffe also revealed that his upcoming budget proposal includes a provision on two-year community college scholarships for students and funding for professors and academic chairs in the field of cybersecurity.
According to NOVA, the governor hopes to have all 23 member schools of the Virginia Community College System to eventually be designated Cyber Centers of Excellence.
NOVA received the Cyber CoE designation in 2011.