Educating the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors

NSA joins forces with universities to improve cybersecurity education

The landscape of cybersecurity education and training looked a lot different twenty years ago. There were no textbooks that covered the topic and academic institutions struggled to develop curriculum on what was then known as information assurance.

NSA, along with academia and industry partners, recognized the need for cybersecurity education and the growing demand for cyber professionals within the federal government and the nation as a whole. In May 1999, NSA launched the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation program with the goal of reducing vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in cyber defense and developing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

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