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National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD)

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announce the first 44 institutions designated as NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD). The new CAE IA/CD designation is based on updated academic criteria for Cybersecurity education and affords each CAE institution the opportunity to distinguish its strengths in specific IA/CD focus areas. The updated criteria benefit not only the institution, but also students, employers and hiring managers throughout the Nation.

The purpose of the National CAE designation program is to promote higher education in IA and CD and prepare a growing number of IA/CD professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks. The initial National CAE in IA Education (CAE/IAE) program was started by NSA in 1998, with DHS joining as a partner in 2004 in response to the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. The CAE in IA Research (CAE-R) program was added in 2008 to encourage universities and students to pursue higher-level doctoral research in Cybersecurity. In 2010, the CAE in Two-Year IA Education (CAE2Y) program was established to afford two-year institutions, technical schools, and government training centers that are also teaching IA curricula, the opportunity to receive such designation.

During the transition to the new program requirements, current CAE/IAE designations will remain in effect. A list of CAE/IAE institutions can be found here: Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Contacts: For additional information, please contact the National CAE in IA/CD program office via email at askCAEIAE@nsa.gov

Fact Sheet

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announce the designation of the following NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD):

Two-Year Education
Prince George’s Community College Maryland

Four-Year Education
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California
California State University, San Bernardino California
Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
George Mason University Virginia
Iowa State University Iowa
Mississippi State University Mississippi
Rochester Institute of Technology New York
Southern Methodist University Texas
Syracuse University New York
The Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania
The University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona
The University of Texas at San Antonio Texas
Towson University Maryland
University of Buffalo, the State University of New York New York
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Maryland
University of Maryland University College Maryland
University of Memphis Tennessee
University of Texas at Dallas Texas
Utica College (Newly designated CAE) New York
West Virginia University West Virginia

CAE IA/CD Focus Areas
California State University, San Bernardino
  • Cyber Investigations
  • Network Security Administration
California
The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Digital Forensics
Texas

Research
Boston University Massachusetts
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvania
Dartmouth UniversityNew Hampshire
Florida Atlantic UniversityFlorida
Florida Institute of TechnologyFlorida
George Mason UniversityVirginia
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgia
Iowa State UniversityIowa
Kansas State UniversityKansas
Mississippi State UniversityMississippi
Naval Postgraduate SchoolCalifornia
New York UniversityNew York
North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina
Northeastern UniversityMassachusetts
Princeton UniversityNew Jersey
Purdue UniversityIndiana
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNew Jersey
Syracuse UniversityNew York
The George Washington UniversityWashington, DC
The University of Alabama at BirminghamAlabama
University at Buffalo, the State University of New YorkNew York
University of ArkansasArkansas
University of California, DavisCalifornia
University of ConnecticutConnecticut
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyMaryland
University of Maryland College ParkMaryland
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNorth Carolina
University of PittsburghPennsylvania
University of Texas at DallasTexas
Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityVirginia
West Virginia UniversityWest Virginia
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMassachusetts
 

Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 20, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Aug 20, 2014

 
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