Utica College Earns Endorsements from Multiple Government Agencies for Excellence in Cybersecurity Education [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Utica College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.
According to a release from the College, this five-year designation puts Utica College in the elite ranks of colleges and universities with cybersecurity curricula, faculty and facilities that meet or exceed very stringent national criteria.
In addition, Utica College is only the seventh institution of higher learning in the country to earn a National Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) from the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), a U.S. Department of Defense agency.
"These designations represent the gold standard for institutions of higher education," said Todd S. Hutton, president of Utica College. "These government agencies have very carefully reviewed our courses, programs, department, research centers and institution. This is well-deserved national recognition for our cybersecurity programs and faculty."
CDFAE seeks to develop partnerships between academia and government to establish standards for digital forensics practitioners, educators and researchers in order to advance the discipline of digital forensics and increase the number of qualified professionals in law enforcement, counterintelligence and national defense.
As part of the program, Utica College will be assigned a Security Education Academic Liaison (SEAL) from the NSA who will work closely with both organizations to maximize the collaboration in areas such as academics, research and development. According to the NSA, "Of particular interest to both [organizations] is the identification of outstanding students for future government employment."
Utica College was presented with a formal certificate from the NSA and Department of Homeland Security on June 16 during a dinner at the 18th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in San Diego.
Utica College is a private institution offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
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