The National Security Agency (NSA) and its affiliated federal agencies support educational programs designed to establish higher education in the fields of cybersecurity throughout the country. The NSA designate certain educational institutions in the field of cybersecurity as National Centers of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Cybersecurity - Cyber Defense (CD). The CAE-CD designated programs must have passed stringent requirements and reviews as well as demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence in the cybersecurity field. The goal of the NCAE-CD designation program is to increase the number of well trained and skilled professionals with higher education in the field of cybersecurity with an overall goal to protect the information infrastructure of the United States.
NSU first received this designation in March 2005 amongst the first in the State of Florida. On August 19, 2021, the NSA and its affiliated federal agencies have designated NSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Cybersecurity - Cyber Defense (CD) through academic year 2028. NSU first received this designation in March 2005 among the first in the State of Florida, and was re-designated in 2009, again in 2014, and most recently on August 19, 2021. For nearly two decades, NSU has been serving as a national leader in cybersecurity education and have assisted NSA and its affiliated federal agencies in establishing national standards for the CAE-CD program criteria that are serving the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. NSU was among the few invited institutions nationwide who participated in NSA's CAE-CD Pilot Program between 2019 and 2021.
Enhancing the cybersecurity, risk mitigation to cyber-attacks, and information infrastructure security hardening are more important now than ever before. NSA's goal in establishing National Centers of Academic Excellence (NCAE) two decades ago was to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance, cybersecurity, and information security, to graduate more professionals with such expertise in various disciplines. This designation lead by faculty members from NSU's College of Computing and Engineering (CCE) applies to the entire university. Additionally, CCE faculty members are serving on key leadership roles within the CAE Community in assisting the community and NSA to ensure the next generation cybersecurity graduates as well as educators are highly competent. NSU looks forward to continuing its role as a center of excellence in information assurance, cybersecurity, and information security to provide a greater level of service and expertise to our communities in South Florida, the State of Florida, and the nation as it relates to these critical areas.
Updated: September 13, 2021