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National Centers of Academic Excellence

NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE), IA 2-year Education (CAE/2Y) and IA Research (CAE/R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.

Updates to these programs are currently underway as a new NSA/DHS Information Assurance/Cyber Defense designation is being developed to replace the existing programs. The creation of this new designation will help distinguish the strengths of each of the CAE institutions, benefitting not only the CAE, but also students, employers and hiring managers throughout the nation.

New NSA/DHS Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Program updates coming soon!

A list of CAE institutions can be found here: 2013 Centers of Academic Excellence.

For CAE questions, please email


Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 21, 2013 | Last Reviewed: Aug 21, 2013