NORTHFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) Norwich University is getting more than $7 million for cybersecurity education and research.
Sen. Patrick Leahy helped announce the three major grants at the university Thursday.
The largest totals $5.9 million and will help develop cyberprotection exercise tools for the country's energy sector. Norwich boasts one of the top-ranked cybersecurity programs in the country.
Norwich President Richard Schneider says the 200-year-old school has been preparing students to face national threats since its inception.
"What was the threat in 1819? It was the damn red coats coming over the green hills of Vermont again. And we don't want that to happen again, but that's not the threat today," Schneider said.
"The threat is different today. And the threat will be met in a place like this," said Leahy, D-Vermont.
Leahy says government agencies rely on institutions like Norwich to improve cybersecurity.