University of Maine System

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Program (CAE-CDE).

The goal of the CAE-CDE 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. This program contributes significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art cyber defense knowledge and practice.

In 2014, the University of Maine System (UMS) Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program was initially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (Information Assurance/Cybersecurity Education) for academic years 2014-2019. The institutions included in the collaboration were University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and the University of Southern Maine. This designation was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity. The UMS is the only institution in Maine to be recognized.

Application for Designation

Institutions must provide the CAE-CD program the following information for review. (2019 Cycle)

Criteria for Measurement:
Criteria 1 – Cyber Defense Academic Curriculum
Criteria 2 – Student Skill Development and Assessment
Criteria 3 – Center for Cyber Education
Criteria 4 – Cyber Faculty Qualifications and Courses Taught
Criteria 5 – Cyber Defense is a Multidisciplinary Practice at the Institution
Criteria 6 – Institutional Security Plan
Criteria 7 – Cyber Outreach/Collaboration Beyond the Institution

Qualifying applicants are designated for a period of five academic years.

University of Maine at Augusta

In 2019, the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) applied for continuing designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.
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