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University of Dayton named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

By Meagan Pant

The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated the University of Dayton as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

“The University earned this recognition for producing qualified graduates who meet the critical need for cybersecurity professionals, as well as our commitment to research that will help reduce vulnerabilities in the nation’s information infrastructure,” said Tom Skill, UD’s associate provost and chief information officer.

The designation highlights the strength of UD’s bachelor of science degree in computer science with a concentration in cyber defense, and provides additional opportunities to students to compete for grants, such as the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship, and programs, such as the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service. ​​With this designation, computer science majors who completed the concentration’s requirements will be awarded a certificate with NSA and Center of Academic Excellence logos in addition to their degree.  

“This national recognition is strong evidence of the excellence of our computer science and cyber security curricula,” said Phu Phung, associate professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Computer Science and the point-of-contact of the CAE designation process. “Our students graduate with the practical and theoretical knowledge they need not only to build robust computer systems but also to defend against and operate through cyber-attacks.” The University met rigorous curriculum and program requirements to be named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The designation is valid for 2022-27 and NSA re-evaluates programs every five years.

For more information, visit the National Center of Academic Excellence.

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