The National Security Agency (NSA), in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), jointly announced on November 2 the designations of the following eight new institutions as NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense: Augusta University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida International University, Middle Georgia State University, University of Delaware, Clark State Community College, Lake Superior College, and Red Rocks Community College.
Through the president’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program is charged to raise the level of cybersecurity capabilities across the nation. NSA and DHS partner with academic institutions to enhance cybersecurity education nationwide and to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
The nation looks forward to the graduates of these programs leading our cybersecurity efforts and keeping our digital infrastructure secure through positions in industry, academia, and government, both civilian and military, the agencies said.
With support from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, these institutions are recognized during the NICE 2016 Conference, with presentations by Diane M. Janosek, Deputy Commandant of the National Cryptologic School/National Security Agency, and Daniel Stein, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch/Department of Homeland Security.