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By Clare O’Gara
Wed | Aug 12, 2020 | 8:27 AM PDT

It's like a match made in cybersecurity heaven.

And this match came up with $300,000 to get things started in a brand new pilot program.

Georgia State University is launching this venture.

Georgia State University cybersecurity mentorship program

GSU recently offered a grant to the school's Evidence-based Cybersecurity Research Group (EBCS) to educate students in advanced cybersecurity research schools:

"Sixty students from throughout the Southeast will train in the 'Evidence-based Cybersecurity-Training and Mentorship Program for Students' in groups of 30 over two summers. The training is free to the students, who will also receive cost-of-living stipends."

How does the cybersecurity mentorship program work?

And the program includes a matchmaking system. Each student gets paired with a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to test cybersecurity tools for organizations.

"The idea is to work closely with these CISOs, our law enforcement partners and others to produce a better, evidence-based science and employees who move the cybersecurity industry several steps forward," said EBCS director, David Maimon.

"We will provide a supply of highly effective cybersecurity and law enforcement researchers."

Flavio Villanustre, a vice president of technology and CISO for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, is an adviser for the program. He echoed Maimon's sentiment:

"The cybersecurity threat landscape has grown in complexity. Software and system vulnerability advisory releases now count in the thousands every month. Attackers have increased in number, are better organized and have grown more resourceful and sophisticated over the past several years."

Through programs like GSU's, the cybersecurity world can help muster the forces to defend against threats like these.