The Cybersecurity program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Operations) by the National Security Agency (NSA), at the undergraduate level. The award will be in effect from 2017 – 2022.
UNO joins just 16 other institutions who hold the designation. The CAE-Cyber Operations classification is awarded to four-year colleges and graduate-level universities that meet the NSA’s rigorous criteria that treats cyber operations as an interdisciplinary science, has a robust and active academic program, extensive hands-on research and lab work, as well as supports service learning activities. UNO’s undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity was the curriculum the NSA specifically reviewed and approved for this designation.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency. At only 10 years old, our Cybersecurity program has quickly become a true example of how our multidisciplinary, collaborative and student-focused curriculum works,” said Hesham Ali, dean of the College of IS&T. “Our Cybersecurity faculty, who received several educational and research awards, our industry and government partners, and our enthusiastic students truly make our program one of the best in the country. We’re thrilled that the NSA recognizes this as well.”
UNO has long been a recipient of the NSA’s Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The Cybersecurity program was also recently recognized as one of the “Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs.” Military Times, the leading publication of military-related news for service members and their families, ranked UNO as the nation's top cybersecurity program from a public university, ranked second overall in the country, and the best program in the Midwest.
Additional coursework will be required to sustain the designation. Students who graduate from the undergraduate cybersecurity program will receive a special designation stating that they have completed the CAE-Cyber Operations track in the degree program. You can see the curriculum updates to the Cyber Operations track here.
As our society grows more dependent on technology, it’s more important than ever that we have a committed workforce dedicated to protecting assets against cyberattacks
- Abhishek Parakh
“Our program is at the forefront of cybersecurity research and education, and I’m honored that our program will join the other Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations awardees. This elite program complements the numerous centers for cyber defense overseen by NSA and focuses on emerging technology areas with rigorous hands-on training.” said Abhishek Parakh, associate professor and program committee chair for the undergraduate cybersecurity degree.
More information about UNO's cybersecurity program can be found here.
About UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology
The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). The College was established at UNO in 1996 to meet the growing demand for IT graduates in the Omaha metropolitan and surrounding area, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
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