October 4, 2022

IBM Announces The Launch Of New Cybersecurity Centers at HBCUs

IBM has announced the launch of Cybersecurity Leadership Centers across six HBCUs. 

The move aims to give students and faculty access to IBM training, software, and certifications at no extra cost. 

Underrepresented students and professors can receive help with coursework, lectures, immersive training experiences, and knowledgeable skills they can always take with them as they grow. 

According to IBM, the program will be available at 20 HBCUs across 11 states to help co-create Cybersecurity Leadership Centers and create talent opportunities for employers and students combined. 

“Collaborations between academia and the private sector can help students prepare for success. That’s especially true for HBCUs because their mission is so vital,” Justina Nixon-Saintil said in a statement. 

“The Cybersecurity Leadership Centers we’re co-creating with Historically Black College and Universities epitomize our commitment to the Black community and STEM education; it also builds on our pledge to train 150,000 people in cybersecurity over three years.” 

The program will also provide each HBCU with a customized course designed to help the university enhance its cybersecurity education portfolio. 

As many people and organizations continue to face cybersecurity threats, programs like these ensure that HBCU students are always a step ahead. 

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a tech reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.