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Creating the next generation of cyber professionals.

Welcome to the APUS Center for Cyber Defense

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated American Public University System as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

The APUS Center for Cyber Defense (CCD), organized under the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is a university-wide resource designed to foster cybersecurity awareness across the various disciplines. The mission of the CCD is to provide program guidance and oversight, cyber defense information, collaboration, research, and outreach opportunities for students, faculty, and other organizations. 

The CCD supports the development of multi-disciplinary education, including science, engineering, space policy, and national and global security, and is involved in the shaping the cybersecurity education through contribution to curricula and faculty development. 

The CCD also serves as a portal for cyber defense education to craft the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. These leaders will defend our nation’s citizens, industry, government, and academic institutions. Headed by a Director and an Associate Director, the CCD is supported by cybersecurity faculty members from across APUS. An industry advisory council (IAC) meets regularly and provides oversight and guidance. Learn more about CCD educational activities.


The National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has validated that the American Public University System courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011and System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level.

News & Events

APUS Cyber Program Director Dr. Kenneth Williams Named to National CyberWatch Center's Curriculum Standards Panel  APUS October 3, 2017

Upcoming Speaker Event: Dr. Kenneth Williams
ITNG 2018 Information Technology: New Generations April 16-18, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Role of CAE-CDE in Cybersecurity Education for Workforce Development

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