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National Centers for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education - Two Year (CAE2Y)

NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE), IA 2-year Education and Training (CAE/2Y) and IA Research (CAE/R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Designation as a CAE/IAE, Cae2Y or CAE/R is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Criteria for Measurement

Nationally or regionally accredited Community Colleges, Technical Schools, state or federally endorsed IA/Cybersecurity training centers or U.S. Government IA/Cybersecurity training centers are eligible to apply to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA 2-year education or training. Applications are assessed against criteria, which are intended to measure the depth and maturity of programs in instruction in IA/Cybersecurity education and training.


Prior to submitting an application for the CAE2Y, IA courseware must be certified under the IA Courseware Evaluation Program as meeting the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Training Standards, and the certification must be current.


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