NSA Designates Johnson & Wales a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Johnson & Wales University receives National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designation— a prestigious five-year designation showing excellence in cybersecurity education.
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Last summer, Johnson & Wales University was named a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense, a prestigious federal designation that marks the university as a leader in cyber education.

The five-year designation is awarded by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS) and requires high standards of excellence and a rigorous application process. The university’s ability to meet the criteria “will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of National Information Infrastructure,” the agency said in a letter to Johnson & Wales.

“A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage,” the letter continued, adding that there is currently a “critical shortage” of such professionals.

Only about 300 colleges and universities have earned the prestigious CAE designation. As part of the program, students will have direct access to exclusive scholarships, grants and internship opportunities.

“This designation shows to the wider community what we already know to be true: Johnson & Wales provides a world-class education in cybersecurity and defense,” says Frank Tweedie, Ed.D., the dean of the College of Engineering & Design. “Our students will be the next generation of professionals on the front lines of our nation’s security.”

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Cybersecurity Education and Training

The Cybersecurity Center is located on Johnson & Wales’ Providence Campus. University faculty and staff train and teach courses in cybersecurity and networking. Undergraduate degrees include Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense and Computer Science. In addition, the university also offers graduate degrees in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Instructional Design & Technology and Information Security/Assurance.

Cybersecurity Research and Service

Johnson & Wales’ Cybersecurity Center lab—which boats state-of-the-art equipment— provides the Rhode Island community, businesses, law enforcement, and K-12 education institutions access to various services related to cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Center also provides a safe, secure place for professionals and businesses to perform research, test and build applications.

Learn more about JWU’s cybersecurity programming and the CAE designation here.

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