Purdue University has been awarded more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to provide support for students seeking advanced degrees in information security. The award is for two years initially, with another $1 million committed for the subsequent two years.

Professors and CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security) directors Eugene H. Spafford, Melissa J. Dark and Victor Raskin submitted their proposal for "Preparing Cyber Security Leaders" to the NSF as part of the Scholarship for Service program. The program covers tuition, expenses and stipends for U.S. citizens to receive degrees in information security in return for mandatory employment in the federal government for up to two years.