Texas A&M-Central Texas awarded $4.2M cybersecurity grant

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas university received a $4.2 million grant to research and help reduce cyber attacks, officials announced Friday.

With the help from the Department of Homeland Security and the Air Force, the grant was awarded to Texas A&M-Central Texas in September.

“I think it’s very appropriate that we should launch a cyber study right here on The Great Place. We are the war fighters, cyber is the new battle, the battle field should be right here at A&M-Central Texas," Congressman John Carter said.

Officials credited Carter with being an integral part of getting the cyber security contract to the university.

It will allow research to help reduce cyber attacks, including hardware and software used by law enforcement, military defense and national infrastructure.

“It’s not just the research but it’s the impact on the instructional capability of the institution as well and what we’ll be able to produce there. We already have degrees through the Master’s degree as it relates to cyber now the research capability adds a greater scope and opportunity for the students as they go through the program," said President of A&M-Central Texas Dr. Marc Nigliazzo.

The research will not only help students but also the Central Texas area.

“It’s a great thing for our city. As a community, it’s a great thing happening. It’s going to implement research, continue the growth of this great university I’m honored to be part of," said Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra.

The cyber security contrast is for four years with it set to end in September 2023.