Faculty and Staff Invited to Open House for Becoming Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Oct. 10, 2019

Cybersecurity Accreditation Celebration Open House Oct. 16

The Walker School of Business and Technology Math and Computer Science Department is hosting an open house for Webster faculty and staff to celebrate the national accreditation of the Cybersecurity program. 

Come celebrate in becoming a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

The open house will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cybersecurity Program Receives National Accreditation

The NSA and DHS approved accreditation
for Webster's Bachelor of Science
Computer Science with an Emphasis in
Cybersecurity Program.

Webster University was named as the first private non-profit university in Missouri to receive accreditation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Webster's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity program. The accreditation was awarded through the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), which is jointly sponsored by the DHS and NSA. 

Webster is one of three universities in Missouri and one of 13 out of the five-state region of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas, to have received the CAE-CD accreditation. The accreditation is valid through 2024.

The accreditation is awarded after a university meets "stringent criteria and may elect to specialize in several possible focus areas," an NSA webpage says. Those criteria include:

  • Have curricula that are mapped to specified Knowledge Units, which align with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, a cybersecurity language employed nationwide by educators, industry workers, and government organizations.
  • Have degree programs that are a top choice for students who want to learn the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the cybersecurity workforce.
  • Assist federal agencies by providing academic insight into cyber-related programs at DHS, NSA, and other federal agencies.
  • Serve as a potential source and facilitator for government-academic researcher exchanges.
  • Facilitate the development of faculty and research leaders.
  • Participate in a large network of cybersecurity professionals, educators, researchers, and advocates to grow the cyber field.
  • Are privy to opportunities for student scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

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