Norwich and Leahy announce $7.3M for grants to advance cybersecurity programs

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Norwich and Leahy announce $7.3M for grants to advance cybersecurity programs

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:12pm -- tim

Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider (left) and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy speak with attendees at the announcement Thursday. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W Schneider and Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) announced on Thursday, March 21, the award of three major contracts totaling approximately $7.3 million that continue Leahy’s long-standing support of cybersecurity education programs and research at Norwich University.

“Norwich University is at the forefront of partnering with federal agencies to make Americans safer and our students more prepared for the 21st century workforce,” Leahy said. “I’m proud to continue my longstanding support of their efforts through the appropriations process, and proud of the world-class education going on right here in Vermont. This work is important, and it is timely.”

At a press conference held at Norwich’s Mack Hall Buczko Cyber War Room, Schneider and Leahy announced these three grants:

  • Army Energy Resilience contract, $499K: Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) and Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) will work with U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) to develop an energy-resilience research track to include issues of cybersecurity.
  • Reserve Forces Scholarship Program, $905K: To fund education of National Guard and Reserve Forces through Norwich’s College of Continuing and Graduate Studies (CGCS) online programs in response and recovery of cybersecurity issues.

·         DECIDE Energy Contract, $5.9M funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology and supported by the United States Air Force: To expand development of this simulation-based cyber exercise tool originally developed by NUARI for the financial sector into the energy sector.

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S. in its 2014 “Best Schools” report, Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Norwich is also home to [email protected], a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.


A Norwich University Center of Excellence, the Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) brings Norwich University’s unique strengths in leadership, security, experiential education, and perseverance to resilient community building. Our work centers on human resilience.


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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. 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.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt.Norwich 3.21.2019