Charles Town, W. Va., April 24, 2018 —American Public University System (APUS) today announced that it has been recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for a five-year period. APUS joins an elite group of just over 200 regionally-accredited two-year, four-year and graduate-level institutions nationwide to receive the distinction.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a 22 percent growth rate in the cyber security industry through 2020, highlighting the critical importance of higher education in defending America’s digital intelligence.The goal of the CAE-CDE program is to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research to help prepare cyber defense professionals for careers in both the public and private sector, according to Dr. Kenneth Williams, director, APUS Center for Cyber Defense (CCD).
“We are truly proud to earn this select recognition from NSA and DHS,” said Williams. “It certifies that our interdisciplinary curriculum meets or exceeds the most stringent CAE criteria to help ensure the best possible learning outcomes for graduates encountering ever-changing global cyber threats. It also aligns with our core mission to create the next-generation cybersecurity workforce, and makes our students eligible for both the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship and Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Programs."
The American Military University and American Public University cybersecurity program concentrates on the development and planning of security tools, techniques and technologies to detect and prevent network penetration, and the design of effective cybersecurity countermeasures. For further information, visit the APUS CCD website.