National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Two Powerful Designations in Cyber Defense

In August 2017, the University of Arizona was named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-CR) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022.

This honor is reserved for universities, such as the University of Arizona, that feature academic research grounded in technology, computer science, computer engineering and related fields. The certification designates the University of Arizona’s cyber defense research efforts as fulfilling the needs of the federal government as well as contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.

The University of Arizona is also a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through 2021, as cited by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) office under the authority of the U.S. National Security Agency. This notification was a "re-designation," as the University of Arizona had received its original designation in April 2009 for the academic years of 2009 to 2014.

As a result of these designations, students attending any of the universities cyber defense programs are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Official letters of notification for both designations were sent to the university's president, the Arizona governor, members of the U.S. Congress, and appropriate congressional committees. 

Both designation are held at the University of Arizona level and are part of ongoing efforts within the Eller College's Department of Management Information System's Information Assurance and Security Education Center (IASEC). The application for both designations passed rigorous reviews that were evaluated against stringent criteria, demonstrating the university's competency and commitment to academic excellence in cyber defense education.


 

About NSA and Homeland Security Sponsorship

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) and CAE-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 cyber defense (CD) by producing a growing number of professionals with CD expertise in various disciplines. Designation as a CAE-CD or CAE-R are valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Students attending these designated CAE-CD or CAE-R schools become eligible to apply for related scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Nationally designated CAE-CD's and CAE-R's also receive formal recognition from the U.S. government which provide various opportunities for recognition and publicity for their ongoing IA educational and research role in securing our nation's information systems infrastructures.


 

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