Athens State Receives National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Designation

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Athens State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through the academic year 2025 for its Bachelor of Science in Management of Cybersecurity Operations with a minor in Information Systems Management. The recognition is the culmination of two years of specifically targeted work, led by Dr. Darren Waldrep, Instructor of Information Assurance Management.

The goal of the CAE-CD program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. It addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. CAE-CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government for participating in the program.

Athens State’s Management of Cybersecurity Operations degree program provides students with skills that will prepare them to tackle complex cybersecurity issues using holistic methods. Students will learn risk management, security framework integration, incident response, disaster recovery, acquisition lifecycle management, and information security governance strategies designed to reduce the risks associated with evolving cyber threats and cybercrime. Students engaged in this field of study typically find entry-level positions within Information Assurance Management, Enterprise Architecture, Risk Management, Security Audit, and Compliance, or Information Assurance System Architecture and Engineering.

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