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National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program

National Security Agency seal    National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity seal

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) has designated the University of Rhode Island as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense education (CAE-CD).

The NCAE-C program creates and manages a collaborative cybersecurity educational program with community colleges, colleges, and universities that:

  • Establishes standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence
  • Includes competency development among students and faculty
  • Values community outreach and leadership in professional development
  • Integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution & across academic disciplines
  • Actively engages in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education

The National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) manages the NCAE-C program, but the program has two federal partners that make it possible: the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). NCAE-C also closely collaborates with other federal agencies and partners: a Department of Commerce organization, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the CAE in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community National Center administered through California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Focused on the development of a robust cybersecurity workforce.

Learn more about National Centers of Academic Excellence

Read the official URI press release on becoming a National Center of Academic Excellence