Overall K-20 Cybersecurity Assessment


“Bowie State University is a recognized leader in technology education and research.” The university’s cyber security programs are already recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and The US Department of Homeland Security. BSU is one of 13 HBCUs awarded a five-year, $25 million grant as part of a consortium established by the US Department of Energy to develop a pipeline to allow more minorities to enter the cyber security field. BSU is the only Maryland University in the consortium. BSU has the opportunity to establish itself as the go-to HBCU in the state for cybersecurity. Nearly $1.2 million over five years will fund an expansion of the cyber security curriculum, opportunities to learn from real-world experiences in the field, and the university’s computer technology equipment. The grant has allowed Bowie State to develop additional summer youth technology programs and strengthen collaborations with industry leaders and government agencies, such as the US Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Convergence Technology, Phish Me, and Infinity Technology. The funding for the cybersecurity started in spring 2015 semester.” – Bowie State Catalog of Programs, 2016.

2016 Pipeline Delivery Results


  • Cyber Squad Student Research Presentations in February, March, April, and August to Representatives of Unisys, Chancellor of University System of Maryland, USA Science and Engineering Festival, and Radius Technology Group
  • The Forensic Technology Information Cyber Squad (FTI –Cyber Squad) created and has maintained a website. The link is: http://www.cs.bowiestate.edu/FTI/index.html.
  • 288 students participating in SWAMP capacity building in COSC 112, COSC 113, COSC 504 and COSC 214
  • 25 Cyber Squad Student Researchers:(14 – undergrad Computer Science), (10 – undergrad Computer Technology/Cyber Security), (1 – graduate MS Information System/Assurance)
  • Ten (10) Students - NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “STEM Girls Night In”
  • 176 Students in the Marketing/Mentoring Pipeline: CODE Red (Middle and High School Girls), Girls Who Will (Middle and High School Girls), BSU Design & Think Technology Innovation Capstone Project (Baltimore City YouthWorks Initiative), Java Prep (Flowers High School – Project Lead the Way), and SparkIT! Computing Camp (Middle and High School students in Tiston, GA)
  • Four Scholarship Recipients for Cybersecurity - (2 from South Carolina and 2 from Baltimore City YouthWorks)
  • 29 Internships:(1 – Sandia/1 - Savannah River), (19 - Federal Agencies), (8 – Private Industry)
  • First Graduate School: (Bowie State University – Masters in Information Systems/Assurance)
  • Ten (10) Cyber Squad Graduates:(4 - Federal Agencies), (6- Private Industry)
  • First Cyber Security Faculty Hire
2017 Way Forward


  • Use CAE in Cybersecurity status and potential pipeline opportunities to get BSU a Top Secret Facility Clearance at Bowie State University- This will increase student opportunities
  • Summer Programs 2016: CODE Red, Girls Who Will, BSU Design & Think Technology Innovation Capstone Project, Java Prep – this will continue the Marketing/Mentoring the Pipeline
  • Professional Development Summer Program 2016: Targeting 15 to 20 High School Teachers which could possible target 1500 to 2000 students (20 teachers 5 period with 20 students in each class)
  • January 25, 2016 – Train 10 teachers and 100 students to prepare for a cyber security and ethics completion for the 2nd District Wide CISCO Academy Competition. (Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology)