Marshall University has been named as a Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Community for Cyber Defense. The Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the Associates, Bachelors and graduate levels. Marshall University’s B.S. in Cyber Forensics and Security has been awarded this prestigious title.
What is the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C)?
The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by the National Cryptologic School at the National Security Agency. Federal Partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The NCAE-C program office collaborates closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).
The NCAE-C program creates and manages a collaborative cybersecurity educational program with community colleges, colleges, and universities that:
- Establishes standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence
- Includes competency development among students and faculty
- Values community outreach and leadership in professional development
- Integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution & across academic disciplines
- Actively engages in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education
What is the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Designation?
The Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the Associates, Bachelors and graduate levels. The designation process is a combination of elements related to the institution focused on outputs for determining academic achievement. This combination assures that the institution meets the desired characteristics of a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) institution, and that the academic delivery to students is producing the qualified workforce needed by the nation. CAE-designated institutions must complete validation of a Program of Study (PoS) which is a series of courses and experiences that a student can reasonably accomplish in the course of attaining a degree or completing a certificate.
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Our Validated Program of Study (PoS)
Marshall University’s validated Program of Study (PoS) is the B.S. in Cyber Forensics and Security and is awarded the CAE-CD designation.
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What does the CAE-CD designation mean for students?
Attending Marshall University’s Cyber Forensics and Security, B.S. program opens doors to numerous cybersecurity opportunities. It’s crucial to note that the program holds the NSA/CAE IA/CD designation, ensuring alignment with the essential concepts and practices recognized by major employers like the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. This designation assures potential employers that, based on your degree level, you have undergone comprehensive training in the latest and most critical cybersecurity tools. The demand for cybersecurity professionals is high across the board, and choosing a program with such accreditation only enhances your prospects in the field.
Resources and Information
NSA CAE Homepage: National Centers of Academic Excellence (nsa.gov)
Point of Contact for NSA-CAE
Bill Gardner (PoC)
Joshua Brunty (Alternate PoC)