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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.


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

Georgia Southern’s Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) is an interdisciplinary center and a leader in cyber education and training.  CACE began in October 2015 on the Armstrong Campus as a collaborative effort between administration, faculty, and staff across the university to strengthen cyber education and training in the region. CACE is dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary cyber education that affords student access to curriculum, programs, and industry partnerships that impart the skills and concepts applicable to 21st-century cyber workforce needs. CACE provides faculty and staff expertise in areas such as digital forensics, cyber law, cyber warfare, cyber policy, cryptography, artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, healthcare informatics, and data analytics. 

The strength of Georgia Southern's Armstrong Campus cyber education offerings was recognized nationally in December 2015 when the university was designated as a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. This was followed in September 2017 with the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) designating CACE as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence. Receiving this designation made Georgia Southern 1 of only 14 schools in the country that have both the NSA and DC3 designations. This recognition allows us to expand our cyber education collaborations and outreach. Georgia Southern maintains a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence (COE) at Ft. Gordon as an academic training partner for the US Army Cyber workforce. Focusing on digital forensics, cryptography, and network analysis, Armstrong and the ARCYBERCoE collaborate to provide cyber education training to local, regional and national military constituents.

Through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Cyber World Institute, CACE is a leader in delivering certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements for cybersecurity workforce development. CACE has built its Cyber education and training programs to align with the National Cyber Workforce Framework.  Our diverse cyber education programs are uniquely suited to drive additional economic development and community outreach for the entire coastal region of Georgia. Armstrong’s CACE supports local and national business partners through a range of cyber education services such as vulnerability assessments and workforce training. 


Georgia Southern’s Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) is an interdisciplinary center committed to being a leader in promoting cybersecurity education, developing partnerships, educating and training the cyber-workforce, and engaging in collaborative research with industry, government, and academia. 

Strategic Goals

CACE is Provost Office level center dedicated to incorporating state-of-the-art equipment, software, and industry skills into the curriculum across the university to enhance cyber education.  Under the auspices of the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, the Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science and Health Professions-Health Informatics, 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 and skills assessment.  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.