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Text 540-414-2674 Government Notices LEXINGTON CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SCHOOL FUND BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 Pursuant to Section 22.1-92 of the Code of Virginia, notice is hereby given that a public hearing to re- ceive comments on the School Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 will be held at 5:30 p.m. on December 9, 2020 prior to the School Board meeting to take place via Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting is posted at www. lexedu.org By: Rebecca Walters Division Superintendent Department Of Defense Grant Awarded Editor’s note: The following story was written by Mary Price for Virginia Military Institute and appeared in the most recent Institute Report. In mid-September, VMI’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) took a major step toward a new initiative when Institute leaders signed an agreement for a grant award with the De- partment of Defense (DoD) to establish a cyber defense laboratory on post. The agreement, which will bring $1.45 million to VMI in the rst year of funding, es - tablishes VMI as a participant in the DoD Senior Military Colleges (SMC) Cyber Lead- ership Development Program. “The main goal of this effort is the creation and execution of an integrated SMC DoD Cyber Institutes program composed of individual cyber institutes and centers at each of the six senior military col- leges working jointly to meet the talent and workforce needs of the DoD Cyber Mis- sion Force,” said Col. Mo- hamed Eltoweissy, head of CIS and the grant’s principal investigator. In addition to VMI, the senior military col- leges are the Citadel, Virginia Tech, the University of North Georgia, Norwich University, and Texas A&M. Eltoweissy explained that “this initiative will comple- ment and strengthen VMI’s cybersecurity capacity, ex- pand existing cybersecurity laboratory infrastructure, further innovation in cyberse- curity education and research, and advance the multi-disci- plinary cybersecurity minor, which was established in the fall of 2017.” To that end, VMI’s grant from the DoD involves not only the CIS, but also the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of International Studies and Political Science, and the Center for Leadership and Ethics. Eltoweissy indicated that other departments on post will be integral to the effort to cover the different facets of cybersecurity and better pre- pare cadets for DoD Cyber Mission Force work roles, including data scientists, re- verse engineers, vulnerability researchers, and information research integrators in cyber operations. As part of this grant, VMI will establish its cyber de- fense laboratory in the spring of 2021. The lab comprises two interrelated programs: the leadership-integrated competency development program and the immersive and experiential learning pro- gram. The vision is to provide premier cybersecurity leader- ship education, increasing the number of the next generation of leaders capable and ready to protect our nation from ex- isting and emerging cyberse- curity challenges. A priority for the lab will be to boost the representation of underrepre- sented groups in the cyberse- curity workforce. Right now, the department head noted, there’s an effort underway to revamp some courses and add others in preparation for establishing the lab. Proposed courses in- clude CIS 370, Leading Ethi- cally in the Virtual World, and EE 417, Reverse Engi- neering. Another major area of focus will be experiential learning via internships and projects. “We want to better respond to career requirements and skill sets,” said Eltoweissy. As the lab is created, so will be a new AI-enabled educa- tional software and hardware platform that links profes- sional careers to educational modules for immersive ex- periential learning, to be designed and built by VMI faculty, staff, and cadets with collaboration from the SMCs. But VMI’s cyber initiative isn’t just about software and hardware, ransomware and malware. Not surprisingly, it’s also about preparing the next generation of cyber leaders. “VMI is a premier leader- ship school,” Eltoweissy com- mented. “We want to develop cyber leaders.” With this goal in mind, there will be unique leader- ship and learning opportuni- ties for selected cadets. Plans call for 15 rising 2nd Class cadets (juniors) to be selected as “cyber captains” each aca- demic year. These cadets will receive DoD Cyber Captains Scholarships. All of those selected will be required to enroll in the cybersecurity minor, com- plete an internship, actively participate in the Cyber Club, and receive a designated professional certification. These cadets will also serve as teaching and technical as- sistants to help faculty, staff, and cadets with cybersecurity issues. Outreach to the community and attempts to diversify the future pool of cybersecurity workers will be critical com- ponents of the program as well. Summer camps for stu- dents in grades 8-12 will be offered, along with a residen- tial camp for girls only. The cyber defense labora- tory will also allow VMI to foster deeper relationships with its fellow SMCs. Elto- weissy foresees much col- laboration among the schools, including having guest speak- ers at one school broadcast to all of the others, and cyber- security competitions with the other SMCs and service academies. Joint experiments and projects in education and research are also among the possibilities. “We hope that the whole will be greater than the sum of the individual institutions,” said Eltoweissy. “We think this is a rst step towards more col - laboration among the SMCs.” MALLORY HALL, home to VMI’s Department of Computer and Information Sci- ences, will soon house VMI’s cyber defense lab. (VMI photo by Kelly Nye) Cyber Defense Lab Coming To VMI Recognize Your Neighbors In these stressful times of social distancing and self- quarantining, many area residents have stepped up to help their neighbors. If you know of someone who has gone out of his or her way to help you or others, please send us a note recognizing that per- son. You’re welcome to describe what that person did – or is continuing to do – and send it to us via email at editor@thenews- gazette.com or or by mail to P.O. Box 1153, Lexing- ton, VA 24450. 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