Alabama provides funding for cyber security program
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University will get $1 million in state money for its new cyber security program. The university says it will use the money to expand research, education and workforce development programs in cyber security. Professor Bob Norton told Al.com that the effort is essential because of the growing threat that computer-based attacks pose to economic infrastructure and commerce. One part of the Auburn program works to educate technology professionals that can help businesses secure their data. Auburn's cyber security center wants to do contract work for government agencies and private businesses. Researchers also will monitor social-networking and news sites to track potential threats around the world.