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Fast Track CAE Designation Workshop

Are you interested in earning the CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation. The fast track workshop video covers the updated submission timeline and new application process in half the time of a regular workshop.

NCyTE Program Development Workshop Series

NCyTE Center hosted a Program Development workshop series for faculty and administrators at colleges with limited cybersecurity programming who are adding or enhancing cybersecurity programs of study at their...

Information about opportunities for cybersecurity educators

Professional Development Opportunities

Take advantage of upcoming and recent workshops, webinars, and travel support for in-person events that help cybersecurity educators create and enhance programs

Learn more about our name change from CyberWatch West to NCyTE

CyberWatch West is now NCyTE Center

Introducing the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE).

We have changed our name to better reflect our growing role in cybersecurity education...

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National Centers of Academic Excellence Federal Partners

Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Candidates Program Partners

National Centers of Academic Excellence

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by the National Cryptologic School at the National Security Agency. Federal partners include:

  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO)
  • US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).





 
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Program Development & Application Assistance

CAE Program Development & Application Assistance

  • Program Development - Applicants who are assessed to require more than one year to be ready for designation will be assigned to Program Development. In this phase, the applicant will have access to workshops, seminars and an advisor to help in their preparation for designation. Schools in this phase will also be invited to programs and events hosted by the CAE Community (caecommunity.org) and have access to other resources offered by the Program Office only for the CAE audience.
  • Application Assistance - Applicants who are assessed to be within one year of readiness for designation will be placed in Application Assistance and be assigned a mentor. In this phase, the applicant will be invited to programs and events hosted by the CAE Community (caecommunity.org) and have access to other resources offered by the Program Office only for the CAE audience.

CAE National Resource CenterFor more Information, please contact: CNRCWhatcom@ncyte.net





 
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CAE Designation Descriptions

CAE Designation Descriptions

Academic institutions may choose from three designations. The designation process is a combination of elements related to the institution focused on outputs for determining academic achievement. This combination assures that the institution meets the desired characteristics of a CAE institution, and that the academic delivery to students is producing the qualified workforce needed by the nation.

CAE designated institutions must complete validation of a Program of Study (PoS) which is a series of courses and experiences that a student can reasonably accomplish in the course of attaining a degree or completing a certificate.

  • The Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the Associates, Bachelors and graduate levels.
  • The Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) program is a deeply technical, inter-disciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs and exercises.
  • The Cyber Research (CAE-R) designation is awarded to DoD schools, PhD producing military academies, or regionally accredited, degree granting four-year institutions rated by the Carnegie Foundation Basic Classification system as either a Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity (R1), Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity (R2), or Doctoral University – Moderate Research Activity (R3).
 

CAE-CDE Program Eligibility and Summary

The Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the Associates, Bachelors and graduate levels.

The CAE-CDE Program is open to current regionally accredited:

  • Four-year Colleges
  • Graduate-level Universities
  • Two-year Community Colleges
  • Technical Schools
  • State or Federally Endorsed Cybersecurity Training Centers
  • U.S. Government Cybersecurity Training Centers
 

CAE-CO Program Eligibility and Summary

The Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) program is a deeply technical, inter-disciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs and exercises.

The CAE-CO Program is open to current regionally accredited:

  • Four-year Colleges
  • Graduate-level Universities
  • Must be based within a Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering Department, or a degree program of equivalent Technical Depth, or a Collaboration between Two or more of these Departments
 

CAE-R Program Eligibility and Summary

The Cyber Research (CAE-R) designation is awarded to DoD schools, PhD producing military academies, or regionally accredited, degree granting four-year institutions rated by the Carnegie Foundation Basic Classification system as either a Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity (R1), Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity (R2), or Doctoral University – Moderate Research Activity (R3).

The CAE-R Program is open to current:

  • Department of Defense (DoD) schools
  • Ph.D. producing military academies
  • Regionally accredited, degree granting four-year institutions rated by the Carnegie Foundation Basic Classification system as either:
    • Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity (R1),
    • Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity (R2), or
    • Doctoral University – Moderate Research Activity (R3)