Vice President Joe Biden visited Norfolk State University on Thursday to highlight a program that will give historically black colleges and universities millions of dollars to train students for jobs in cybersecurity.
NSU will be the lead campus in a new consortium that will includes 12 other historically black colleges, two national research labs and a school division in South Carolina, Biden announced during the visit. He was joined by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and other officials.
The Department of Energy will supply the national cybersecurity consortium with $25 million in grants over the next five years, part of the Obama administration’s effort to train more workers for jobs protecting the nation’s computer networks from attacks.
The threat offers both a problem and an opportunity, said Biden, whose quick visit snarled midday traffic between Norfolk Naval Station, where his plane landed, and NSU.
The massive hack at Sony several weeks ago underscored the seriousness of the issue, and as private companies and governments work to counter the threat, the cybersecurity industry is growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.