National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE)

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are looking for colleges and universities interested in advancing the study of cybersecurity in a national effort to defend US government, business, and infrastructure sectors.

DHS and NSA jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and expertise in cyber defense (CD). There are over 300 top colleges and universities across 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico designated as CAEs in cyber defense.  All regionally accredited two-year, four-year, and graduate level institutions in the United States are eligible to apply to become a CAE-CD school. Institutions are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units (KUs), validated by top subject matter experts in the field.

For CAE-CD institutions, program guidance, requirements, and resources click here.

Last Published Date: 
November 15, 2019