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What's New?

2020 CAE-CD Designation Cycle

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Special Announcement:

The CAE Cyber Defense Education Program is currently undergoing a review and update of the application process. Input is being solicited from all CAE-CDE designated institutions to inform this evolution. After input from all designated institutions is compiled, a detailed process will be presented. As a result of this evolution, 2020 CAE-CDE re-designating schools will automatically be given a no-lapse extension of at least one-year. Re-designating CAE-Rs will still need to submit an application for re-designation.

New applicants and schools in the Candidates Program will follow direction from the CNRC as to how and when to apply. New applicants should complete the Applicant Checklist as per usual. Any new schools wishing to apply as a CAE-R should contact the CAE Program Office at askcaeiae@nsa.gov.

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Applicant Checklist

*New Applicants are now required to enter into the application assistance program Applicant Checklist .  The checklist will guide the applicant through the program requirements and provide a self-assessment of readiness. Applicants will have their checklist reviewed and will be referred to one of two assistance paths:


Program Development & Application Assistance

* Program Development Applicants who are assessed to require more than one year to be ready for designation will be assigned to Program Development.  In this phase, the applicant will have access to workshops, seminars and an advisor to help in their preparation for designation.  Schools in this phase will also be invited to programs and events hosted by the CAE Community (caecommunity.org) and have access to other resources offered by the Program Office only for the CAE audience.

* Application Assistance -  Applicants who are assessed to be within one year of readiness for designation will be placed in Application Assistance and be assigned a mentor.  In this phase, the applicant will be invited to programs and events hosted by the CAE Community (caecommunity.org) and have access to other resources offered by the Program Office only for the CAE audience.


CAE Naming Convention

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C)

      - NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

               * NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (Associate, Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral)  (CAE-CDE)

               * NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R)

      - National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO)


Have Questions? Contact Us!

For CAE questions, please email askCAEIAE@nsa.gov