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[infowar.de] Die ersten Studenten für das US-"Cybercorps" beginnen an der Uni in Tulsa
Dieses Programm ist Teil des National Plan for Inofrmation Systems
Protection. Grundidee: Stipendien vom Staat für IT-Sicherheitsexperten
und eine Verpflichtung, nach dem Studium zwei Jahre für den Geldgeber
"Cyberterror" und "Infowar" sind dabei eher Medienhype, es geht in der
Sache um IT-Sicherheit / Information Assurance.
Knight Ridder Tribune
Aug. 18, 2001
TULSA, Okla. -- The first group of cyberterrorism students reporting
for "duty" this week at the University of Tulsa pulls together an
eclectic mix of computer talent.
The 14 students were hand-picked as part of the University of Tulsa's
$5 million federally funded program to conduct cyberterrorism research
and to help develop "soldiers" for a national "cybercorps."
The university was designated as a Center for Information Security by
the National Security Agency. The NSA has designated 14 such centers
at public and private schools across the United States, including
Carnegie Mellon University, Iowa State University, Purdue University,
the University of Idaho and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
The University of Tulsa cadets have qualified for full scholarships
for master's or bachelor's degrees in computer science, said John
Hale, a TU computer science professor and a co-director of TU's Center
for Information Security.
The students are expected to graduate in two years, and then to work
for the federal government for two years. TU's fall 2001 semester
The group includes graduate student Julie Evans, 42. The working
mother said she enrolled in her first computer programming course in
1975, when Apple was just a seed. Determined to graduate, she attended
night classes for 21 years, finishing her computer science degree at
the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998, she said.
"This is a dream come true for me," said Evans, who became intrigued
by computers as a sophomore in Colorado. "It's my turn. I finally get
to go full time. It won't take 21 years to finish this degree."
Student Howard Barnes, 63, retired from Boeing Corp. in 1995 as a
software engineer. Barnes, a Kansan with a bachelor's degree in
physics, said he thought it was "time for a change." He and his wife
of 44 years, Joyce, are moving to Tulsa.
Another "cadet," 30-year-old Rick Ayers, played lead guitar for the
rock group Apache Rain.
Ayers is a TU senior majoring in computer information systems. He
toured the western United States with Apache Rain until 1993, covering
songs from the '60s through the early '90s.
TU has also recruited younger students such as Brett Edgar, 20, Ryan
Larson, 20, and Kris Daley, 21. All are computer science
undergraduates with sterling grades in math and computer science.
Edgar, of Tulsa, said he learned to program in Logo and Apple Basics
when he was in first grade in 1987. Larson said he programmed a
calculator at age 13.
"The common element among all of them is their commitment to national
service," Hale said. "In addition to their qualifications, we were
looking for students with a commitment to a national goal of
controlling or eliminating cyberterrorism."
The research will involve developing network firewalls and detection
systems to protect telephone, banking and other critical
communications systems connected to the Internet.
Problems with hackers and attacks such as that carried out by the
recent Code Red worm underscore the urgent need for better defenses,
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