Proceedings: Computer Engineering and Applied Computing
The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in response to an unmet workforce need for cybersecurity program graduates, jointly sponsor a program by which a post-secondary education institution may achieve recognition as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The program identifies standards, criteria, and an evaluation process. Many individual institutions have achieved recognition. The University of Maine System, composed of seven universities, is the first multi-university entity to achieve the CAE IA/CD recognition. The purpose of this paper is to share the key challenges, opportunities, and experiences that contributed to this achievement, and offer recommendations.
Murphy, J., Albert, R.T., Bennett, C., Briggs, D., Ebben, M., Felch, H., Kokoska, D., Lovewell, L., MacDonald, C., Markowsky, L., Sihler, E., & Wilson, G. (2015). Experiences with Establishment of a Multi-University Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. Proceedings: Computer Engineering and Applied Computing.