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Mar 8, 2010 12:44 PM by Associated Press

Cyberwarfare gains interest at military academies

With cybersecurity growing in importance to national security, the nation's three major military academies are placing a greater focus on teaching students how to fight in cyberspace.

The U.S. Naval Academy outlined a strategy Monday to the school's Board of Visitors, on how it plans to best train future officers to be cyberwarriors. Andrew Phillips, the Naval Academy's chief academic officer, says the computer science department is currently running it's first-ever cybersecurity course for students who are not computer science majors.

Computer science professors at the U.S Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., have been teaching cybersecurity to nearly all students for about 10 years. They say student interest in the subject is on the rise.

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