Helping Educational Institutions Align to NCAE-C

Offensive Security Helps Educational Institutions Align to the National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE-C) Requirements

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Author: Heather Monthie, PhD

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is an initiative that recognizes US-based academic programs within colleges and universities that offer degrees and research in cybersecurity.

A joint initiative with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the NCAE-C program awards the CAE designation to academic programs that have met rigorous cybersecurity education or research requirements. These programs are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce with the necessary skills to protect US essential critical infrastructures.

There are three different CAE-C types for cybersecurity academic programs:

Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

Academic programs recognized as CAE-CD programs promote education and research in cyber defense and students who completed these programs are qualified to enter the cybersecurity workforce. Regionally accredited 2-year, 4-year, and graduate-level institutions in the United States are eligible to apply once rigorous requirements are met for their academic program.

Cyber Operations (CAE-CO)


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