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Military Times Ranks Armstrong’s Cybersecurity Program # 9 in the Nation

(April 10, 2017) – Armstrong State University has been ranked #9 on the prestigious Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs list. Armstrong is the only university in Georgia included on the list.

“We are deeply honored to be named as one of Military Times’ best cybersecurity programs in the nation,” says Scott Scheidt, director of Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education. “With over 30 industry certifications meeting the Department of Defense requirements and a program aligned to the National Cyber Workforce Framework, Armstrong offers a wide range of academic and technical cyber education options. We are proud to help meet the country’s next generation of cyber education needs.” 

In 2015, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security honored Armstrong as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Earlier this year, Armstrong ranked #4 on Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges list.

Factors in identifying the programs include the presence and number of computer science programs accredited by global accreditor ABET and Center of Academic Excellence designations given by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Military Times assessed the proportion of computer science and computer security degrees awarded.

“Our cyber security programs are a great match for service members and veterans who are looking for a career that can help them bring their dedication, loyalty, learning agility, problem solving and leadership skills to the civilian workforce,” says Armstrong Military Education Coordinator Phil Gore.

Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education offers an interdisciplinary approach to 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 learn to secure data, investigate intrusions and prosecute cyber crimes. Through the Center for Applied Cyber Education, students receive first-class instruction that prepares them to prevent and investigate cyber attacks on global networks and international systems.

At present, the university has a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Ft. Gordon, Ga., serving as an academic partner in providing cyber education to Army Soldiers, civilians and Department of Defense contractors. Armstrong also has an Education Partnership Agreement with the Defense Cyber Crime Center and participates in the NSA Day of Cyber program, an interactive experience sponsored by the National Security Agency.

For the full 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs rankings, and survey methodology, go to

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