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NSA and DHS Announce the 2014 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense

Release No: PA-271-18 Aug. 20, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL

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.

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

Media representatives interested in additional information regarding the National CAE in IA/CD Programs may contact the NSA Public Affairs Office via email.

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 University Pennsylvania
Dartmouth University New Hampshire
Florida Atlantic University Florida
Florida Institute of Technology Florida
George Mason University Virginia
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
Iowa State University Iowa
Kansas State University Kansas
Mississippi State University Mississippi
Naval Postgraduate School California
New York University New York
North Carolina State University North Carolina
Northeastern University Massachusetts
Princeton University New Jersey
Purdue University Indiana
Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey
Syracuse University New York
The George Washington University Washington, DC
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Alabama
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York New York
University of Arkansas Arkansas
University of California, Davis California
University of Connecticut Connecticut
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Maryland
University of Maryland College Park Maryland
University of North Carolina at Charlotte North Carolina
University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Dallas Texas
Virginia Polytechnic and State University Virginia
West Virginia University West Virginia
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Massachusetts