National Security Agency reaffirms excellence in FDU’s Cyber Defense Program

October 12, 2021 – The National Security Agency (NSA) and a committee of academic peers has validated FDU’s BSCS with Cybersecurity Concentration offered at FDU’s Florham Campus through academic year 2026.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program validation will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The National Cyber Strategy, September 2018, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace,” wrote Karen Leuschner, National CAE Program Manager, NSA, in the official letter of validation. She continued, stating that high-quality education in cybersecurity is important to the key strategic national security advantage of having a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce. And for that reason the “United States Government will continue to invest in and enhance programs that build the domestic talent pipeline, from primary through postsecondary education.”

FDU was designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) in 2015. The designation recognizes the standard of education and training in the Cybersecurity field with curriculum mapped to the NSA’s latest requirements. The University was initially named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in 2013.

“We have managed to achieve our goals after two years of extensive work on several Program of Study validation project activities involving planning, implementation and coordinating efforts that started in the year of 2019,” said Ihab Darwish, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. “The scope of the validation project consisted of four domains including program and curriculum enhancements, students enrichment, faculty and support, in addition to the continuous improvements domain. Our success story in this program has been materialized in 2021 through securing four NSA Cybersecurity scholarships with a total value of $375,376.”

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