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The Indiana University Cybersecurity Clinic will expand its programming to train undergrads in cybersecurity after receiving a $500,000 award from Google’s Cybersecurity Clinics Fund.

The clinic predominantly gives local governments, not-for-profits, schools, small businesses and other organizations free cybersecurity assistance. It was launched in 2019 to take advantage of student and faculty expertise to help the surrounding community who otherwise could not afford such services.

“This support will allow us to scale up our clinic over the next few years,” clinic founder Scott Shackelford said in a news release. “We’re excited to be able to offer a new undergraduate section and open other opportunities to graduate students as well. The relationship with Google will also provide us valuable access to their expertise as well as some security hardware.”

Students who participate in the program can receive scholarships for Google’s Career Certificate in Cybersecurity as well as mentorship opportunities within Google. About 40 graduate students work at the clinic currently, and IU plans to add the same amount of undergrads over the next year.

The university said the investment will prepare students from a variety of degrees with real-world skills to enter an industry teeming with opportunity and needing workers.

“The scope of the clinic’s projects clearly demonstrates IU’s sustained dedication to service in the state, region and beyond, and to training top-quality talent to meet a growing critical need in this country and our world,” said Isak Nti Asare, executive director of the IU Cybersecurity Clinic and co-director of the Cybersecurity and Global Policy Program at the Hamilton Lugar School.

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