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Center for Applied Cyber Education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Armstrong State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
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Welcome

Widely-publicized breaches such as those affecting TJX Corporation, Target, Home Depot, the FDIC and IRS records have become all too common and put the confidentiality of citizens’ and governments’ information at risk.  The demand for individuals with expertise in preventing and investigating these attacks will only continue to increase as society’s dependence on information systems grows and society’s enemies become ever more adept at bypassing information security measures.


Scott Scheidt, Director of Armstrong's Center for Applied Cyber Education, discusses the Center's community outreach capabilities.

Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to incorporating state-of-the-art equipment, software, and industry skills into curriculum across the university to enhance cyber education.  Under the auspices of the university’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, in collaboration with the Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science and the Cyber Forensics Division of Armstrong’s Police Department, students will learn to secure data, investigate intrusions, and prosecute cyber-crimes from Day One.  Forget the traditional “war games.”  CACE has developed red team vs. blue team multi-tiered simulations that pull together the full spectrum of cyber education in a single exercise.  Through the CACE, students receive first-class instruction that prepares them to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks, monitor and secure networks, and  integrate best systems practices throughout the world.

 

Job Outlook News

Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk. Every year in the U.S. there are 128,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 88,000 workers currently employed in those positions – a talent shortfall of 40,000 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job. There are 220,000 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them. Jobs requesting cloud security skills, for example, remain open 96 days on average – longer than any other IT skill. Cybersecurity talent gaps exist across the country. Closing these gaps requires detailed knowledge of the cybersecurity workforce in your region.

                                Interactive Map                                                                             Career Pathway

             

Check out the national heat map and career pathway recommendations at CyberSeek.org

CACE has established the Armstrong Cyber Workforce Development Program to help enhance the Cyber Academic Offerings already available. The ACWDP is intended to help develop the national cyber workforce through the offering of industry certifications to allow Armstrong students, workers seeking a career change or enhancement in skills, and industry partners seeking to train their workforce to further build towards an increased population of Cyber Workforce Professionals. Industry certifications that increase skills in risk management, digital forensics, penetration testing, and disaster recovery are but a few in the ever growing program. 

Funding for Cybersecurity Research and Education

Upcoming Conferences/Workshops

NEWS:

Read More Armstrong State University Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Ogeechee Technical College

(August 3, 2016) – Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with Ogeechee Technical College, located in Statesboro, Ga., on August 2, bridging the institution’s programs in Criminal Justice and Information Technology through a rigorous collection of major field courses.

Read More Center for Applied Cyber Education Awards $95,000 in Certifications and Scholarships at 2016 Summer Cyber Camp

(July 12, 2016) – Armstrong State University’s Center for Applied Cyber Education recently held the 2016 Summer Cyber Camp in conjunction with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Camp curriculum, awarding $95,000 worth of cybersecurity certification scholarships to 16 rising high school juniors and seniors. Fourteen students were local, representing seven schools in the Savannah community. Camp sponsors included Mile2 Cyber Security Certifications and the U.S. Army ROTC, 6th Brigade.

Read More Armstrong Recognized as a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner

(July 6, 2016) – Armstrong State University was recently selected to be an Authorized Academy Partner with CompTIA, the world’s largest developer of vendor-neutral information technology certification exams. Together, CompTIA and the Center for Applied Cyber Education at Armstrong will collaborate to provide high quality educational technology opportunities to students.

Read More Armstrong Signs Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

(June 7, 2016) – Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., on June 2 to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation research and outreach.

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